A ban on open burning in Fayette County was lifted Wednesday, exactly two months after it was issued.
Cooler temperatures and increased rainfall allowed the Lexington Division of Fire to begin issuing burn permits again, Battalion Chief Marshall Griggs said.
Parts of Fayette County are in severe and moderate drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Steady rain Tuesday helped ease dry conditions, and more showers are possible later in the week.
The Division of Fire urged residents to continue using caution when using outdoor grills and smokers, which have never been affected by the burn ban.