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Drought conditions are forcing county officials to impose an open burning ban for all county residents, meaning residents may not burn anything outside.
The order was issued Monday by Shelby County Judge Executive Rob Rothenburger, who said that dry conditions have made it dangerous to start any kind of fire outdoors.
Mike Callahan, a hydrologist at the National Weather Service, said Shelby County is about 5.2 inches below its normal annual rainfall and that surrounding counties are in similarly dry, though those in Southern Kentucky are worse.
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