Tourism Officials Are Concerned About Forest Fire Season

By: Jeff Allen
By: Jeff Allen

Local tourism officials say fall is a prime time to attract people to eastern Kentucky.

With forest fire season just days away they're bracing for what may come.

Julie Eshetay and her friends are from New Orleans and drove up to Pine Mountain State Park for a change of scenery.

"This is such a nice change and this is such a beautiful area," Eshetay said.

But earlier this year visitors were turned away. The park had to close for a short time after fires ignited all over the park.

Forestry officials say most of the fires they see are started intentionally and that's why a state task force is trying to figure out how to stop arson.

One idea they're considering is a state law enforcement unit that's sole purpose would be to track down who's starting the fires.

They're hoping catching arsonists will help stop the fires and leave the forests open to those who want to come enjoy the views.

The Wildland Arson Task Force meets again in October and is then expected to make a formal recommendation to Governor Ernie Fletcher.

Forest fire season starts October first.


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