Many Forest Fires Burn Across Eastern Kentucky

By: Michel Mason Email
By: Michel Mason Email

While many of us enjoy the beautiful weather, it's also fueling forest fires in Eastern Kentucky.

Crews in every forestry district in that region are fighting fires this evening, including one burning 100 acres near Harold in Floyd County.

Firefighter in that forestry district alone fought about 13 fires this weekend and they believe most of those cases are arson. They say the one burning near Harold was set by a man burning trash in his yard.

High temperatures, low humidity and gusty winds make a bad combination for firefighters. Forestry officials say those conditions could keep them very busy into this week.

"We're praying for rain on Wednesday, but tomorrow looks like it's going to be another rough day of some pretty high gusts and some steady winds," said District Ranger Adam McGuire.

And as the fire season winds down, so does the manpower.

"Anytime you get some rain and some wet times, the crews don't usually work and they have a tendency to find other jobs," added McGuire.

Forestry officials say even if it's not intentional, forest fires are easily set.

"Even if you are 150 feet away from the woods, you need to use a lot of discretion and use your head when it comes to burning especially in the conditions we're experiencing," said McGuire.

Officials say it's advice that could have saved more than 100 acres.

Forestry officials say the man will not likely face any criminal charges, but he will have to pay the bill to put this fire out.

At last check, more than 20 fires were burning in Eastern Kentucky. April 30th is the last day of spring fire season.

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