As forest fires rage across the region, Governor Ernie Fletcher signs an executive order banning all outdoor burning across the state.
Only four days into the fall forest fire season, the Kentucky Division of Forestry is bringing fire fighters from other parts of the state to eastern Kentucky to help battle the fires.
Forestry officials say the situation may get worse this weekend.
It's likely to be one of the worst fire seasons in 20 years, and these guys have time for only one thing: fighting forest fires.
“I think it's been probably three weekends, probably four weeks since I myself have had a day off,” Dexter Conley said.
Forester Dexter Conley hopes to find some relief now that firefighters from across the state are coming to help in his Eastern District.
Firefighters already battled more than 15-hundred fires this year, including one shown on this map spanning 600 acres in Pike County. Conley says the weekends are the worst.
“We get a lot more people out riding four wheelers or horses or whatever in the woods, and doing their outdoor activities,” Conley said.
Conley says the outdoor burning ban is only part of the solution, “Clear out the brush or burnable items, weeds, leaves or whatever around the home.”
Conley says to keep at least 30 feet of cleared space between your home and the woods.
Conley knows the fire season is far from over, but he's ready for what's ahead.
Love for the job keeps Conley wide awake.
Officials say anyone with information about a suspicious fire should call 1-800-27-ARSON.
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