We are tracking nearly a dozen fires in eleven Kentucky counties. The largest of those being in Clay county, where crews continue to work to keep the flames away from homes. But some other counties have been lucky, getting a break after 40 firefighters poured water on the fires Friday in Rowan county.
Officer Don Evans captured one of the largest fires in Clay county where 100 acres have burned so far north of Oneida near Highway 11. About 50% has been contained and crews are fighting to keep the flames away from homes.
"You're dealing with some things that haven't burned so the leaf layers, the duff underneath that and all the slush from all the storms, from all the dead trees. Plus the steepness of the slope you've got your hands full," says Evelyn Morgan of the U.S. Forest Service.
In Knott county two fires burned about 80 acres near Vicco. A fire in Estill county still rages as 50 acres have been torched. A 75 acre wildfire in Rowan county has been contained. Jackson county near Mckee on Highway 587 lost 30 acres to a fire that has now been contained. Letcher county crews are fighting two fires.
"It's not just affecting you but the houses and the people who live in the houses," says Clay county resident Rebecca Combs.
The Magoffin county fire has grown to 100 acres near the Puncheon area. While Floyd, Perry, Martin and Pike counties also struggle as smaller wildfires flare up.
The numbers are constantly changing as crews put out one fire and another sparks elsewhere but hopes are high rain and cooler temperatures will decrease fire fuels.
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