Forest fire continues to burn near Pikeville

By: Morgan Lentes Email
By: Morgan Lentes Email

PIKEVILLE, Ky (WYMT) - There is a fire burning in Pike County. Since Thursday, firefighters have battled flames spreading across the mountains of Pikeville.

Battalion Chief Robert Lindsey with the Pikeville Fire Department tells WYMT that the skies over downtown Pikeville are finally starting to clear following several days of smoke.

"Due to the weather we have had, the smoke has been lying low. It seems at times a lot worse than it actually is," said Lindsey.

At first, you might think there are only clouds in the sky. But firefighters assure us, there is a fire burning along Town Mountain Road and Chloe Road in Pikeville.

"The conditions are excellent right now for woodland fires," said Lindsey.

However, he added that luckily there is no threat to residents in the area.

"It will naturally put itself out," said Lindsey.

While officials with the Pikeville Fire Department said the wildfire could have been worse, residents like Larry Pugh know that when they see smoke, it still could spell trouble.

"There was a worse fire than this area last year. It was on the other side of the road. So I am used to it now," said Pugh.

Firefighters advise that at times the flames can look worse than they actually are.

"Once it gets dark and people can actually see the flames, the depth perception of how close it actually is is hard to judge," said Lindsey.

Still, he said you can never be too careful in these situations. We are told the fire ignited from an old mine that is still burning underground in the area.

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