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Forest fire continues burning in Bath County


BATH COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Forest rangers are still trying to put out a number of wildfires that have broken out in parts of eastern Kentucky over the last few days.

One of those fires in Menifee County actually destroyed at least two structures. That fire burned at least four acres near Cave Run Lake.

Another fire in neighboring Bath County has burned dozens of acres.

Forest rangers tell us the fire started about half of a mile from Sour Springs Road in Olympia. It has now crawled up to 50 acres.

"Good fire weather," said Terry Stamper. "Good opportunity for the woods to burn."

Forest Ranger Terry Stamper calls it good because the burning doesn't only kill. It also recycles nutrients. But the cause is probably not so good, according to Stamper.

"It's usually arson or somebody was burning garbage or trash, and it just got away from them," said Stamper.

Spring arrived late in the forest fire season, which is what Stamper says is causing the sudden burst in flames across the region.

"The weather is just very conducive to fire right now," said Stamper. "It's dry and windy and the humidity is not real high, so this is our typical fire."

Their tactic to stopping this fire is to burn lines to stop the fire in its tracks or at least keep it from spreading.

So far, no homes have been in danger and they want it to stay that way.

"We think we have a pretty good handle on it for what we have at this point in time," said Stamper.

But overall, forest rangers aren't worried about this forest, knowing it hasn't burned in nearly 10 years.

The forest fire in Bath County is currently 75 percent contained, but forest fire officials tell us they hope to have it fully contained within the next 24 hours.


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