Frequently Asked Questions

Outdoor Burning

What does the term fire season mean and when is it?

In Kentucky, we have two official fire hazard seasons as established by the state legislature in KRS. 149.400. The fire seasons run from February 15 – April 30 and October 1- December 15.

What is the 6 p.m. burning law?

During the official fire seasons, (February 15 – April 30 and October 1 – December 15) as outlined in KRS. 149.400, “it shall be unlawful for any person to set fire to, or procure another to set fire to any flammable material capable of spreading fire, located in or within one hundred fifty (150′) of any woodland or brushland, except between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., prevailing local time, or when the ground is covered with snow.

Do I have to notify someone before I do any outdoor burning?

The public is asked to notify the Warren County Fire Dispatch center before conducting outdoor burning, by calling 393-4000. You will be asked for the address of the burn and a return phone number. This will prevent the Fire Department being dispatched to the fire in the event that a passerby calls in the fire.  Remember however that  The Kentucky Division for Air Quality and the Kentucky Division of Waste Management regulate outdoor burning. Any questions regarding what can and cannot be legally burned should be directed to them.

What are the penalties for violating the 6 p.m. burning law?

The penalties for violating the “6 p.m. burning law” are not less than $100 nor more than $500, imprisonment for not more than six (6) months, or both fine and imprisonment.

Whom do I call if I see a forest fire?

Call Warren County Fire Dispatch, 911 for emergency.

How can I report someone setting a fire?

To report someone setting a fire (arson), you may call your local law enforcement agency, the Kentucky Division of Forestry or the Kentucky State Police. You may also call Target Arson at 1-(800)-27-ARSON. Information that leads to an arrest and indictment makes the caller eligible for an award of up to $1,000.

When is it safe to burn outdoors?

Of course, first you must comply with the Fire Season restrictions outlined above. Burn only when winds are calm, when you can stay with the fire for the duration of the burn, and where you have taken precautions to limit spread by ground – by cutting or wetting a fire break around the perimeter.

AVFD Recruitment Program

How do I get an application?

You have three options:

1.) Complete an application online.
2.) Download an application, fill it out and mail it.
3.) Stop by the station and return to Alvaton Fire Department.

How much time will I lose with my family?

One night a week for 4 hours and two Saturdays per month for 6 months. You have to be dedicated and want to finish in order to complete the course.

How much physical fitness do I need?

You must be physically fit or willing to be physically fit in order to be a firefighter because of demanding nature of the job.

What incentives do I have?

The Alvaton Fire Incentive Program complete with discounts to local restaurants and retailers, a brotherhood and a chance to serve your community in a way that others only dream of.

2018 Run Totals

Fires - 77

Overpressure rupture, explosion, overheat - no fire - 1

Rescue & Emergency Medical Service (including MVC's)- 512

Hazardous Condition (No Fire) - 19

Service Call - 18

Good Intent Call - 108

False Alarm & False Call - 45

Severe Weather & Natural Disaster - 5

TOTAL - 785

Contact Information

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 186
Alvaton, KY 42122



Station 1
6403 Old Scottsville Rd.
Alvaton, KY 42122

Station 2
8352 Cemetery Road
Bowling Green, KY 42103

Station 3
122 JFS Circle
Bowling Green, KY 42104

Station 4
3383 Cumberland Trace Rd.
Bowling Green, KY 42103

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