Threat of forest fires leads to burn notice in several counties

IRVINE, Ky. (WKYT) - It was windy Friday and with the low humidity the Estill County fire chief asked people not to burn anything outdoors because of the fear of those fires getting out of hand.

"Low humidity, and winds 10 to 15 miles per hour it makes the threat of fires spreading greater," said Chief Derrick Muncie.

So anyone considering burning storm debris, branches or anything else is being advised not to.

"Anyone who calls or requests for a control burn, we are telling them to hold off. Just because of the wind," said Muncie.

The ground is still wet from the winter but until the spring brings forth greenery, fire officials say a windy day can bring about a lot of problems.

"We are having a lot of cold days, drying everything out. Then when we do have a warm day, everything is windy, drying it out even more. It depends on how long it takes for everything to get green," said Muncie.

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