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Forest Fires Continue To Burn

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

Forest fires are burning across eastern Kentucky and dry conditions are making them hard to contain.

Weeks of dry weather are now making conditions ripe for forest fires and thanks to arsonists they are now igniting across the mountains.

A fire near the Oneida community in Clay County burned a section alongside highway 11.

Firefighters are finding themselves in a constant battle.

Each day is bringing a whole new round of fires.

The Southeastern Forestry District is getting hit especially hard.

Six new fires were reported Wednesday afternoon.

Just as they contain fires, they find themselves racing to new ones.

It's not only the dry conditions that are making it ripe for fires. There's low humidity, a steady wind, and all those dry leaves that keep falling are making great fuel for the fire.

While Mother Nature is providing the dangerous conditions, it's people providing the spar.

Unfortunately so far, firefighters can't seem to stay ahead of them.

Forestry officials say the only real thing that's going to give them relief from these fires is a good soaking rain, so they're happy to hear that there's the possibility of that in the forecast.

Forestry officials say they've had some close calls, but so far their efforts have prevented any of the fires from reaching people's homes.


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