State Officials Anticipate Wildfires For Months To Come

SLADE, Ky. (AP) - State officials say there's no end in sight for the scores of wildfires burning through eastern Kentucky and sustained by a months-long drought.

More than 15-hundred wildfires have burned some 40-thousand acres of forest, mostly in eastern Kentucky.

Kentucky Division of Forestry chief Leah McSwords says this week's smattering of light drizzles only exacerbated the problem by blowing more leaves to fuel the flames.

Meanwhile, more than 300 firefighters for the forestry division continue to wage an uphill battle against fires that continue to spread. Even fires that have been initially contained with fire lines - areas cleared of debris by firefighters - manage to cross the barriers by burning through dried out roots.

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