Wildfires Raging Through Out The State

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

Wildfires continue raging through out the state.

As of Sunday there were around twenty fires burning in the Southeastern, Kentucky River and Eastern Kentucky Districts.

One of those fires is even shutting down a popular tourist destination in the Red River Gorge.

The area around Indian Staircase is now closed to the public. A spokesperson with the Daniel Boone National Forest says the Gorge is closed East of Highway 77 and North of Highway 715 to Lady Creek.

Officials say the fire is currently 175 acres... but could grow to a thousand acres over the next few days.

They say terrain is making it hard to fight the fire and that it won't be under control until later this week. For now the area is closed.


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  • by Rick Location: Lexington on Apr 27, 2009 at 08:53 AM
    I come from Nevada where wildfires are 50-100 feet tall when they get going, they consume entire trees in minutes. In fact, the trees explode. They are dangerous. I read a story on here about wildfires and think there is a great danger, then I see a fire that I could put out with a squirt gun... All this fire is doing is burning leaves, small brush, and litter. If anything its good for the mountains.
  • by kristin Location: lexington on Apr 27, 2009 at 08:23 AM
    brian, and how do you suggest the cops catch the campers that are setting these fires? There could be over 100 people at the gorge daily, setting camp and burning campfires. How could the cops catch them when just about everyone burns a campfire? I agree it's a shame that the gorge is burning, I love it there. But you make it sound like all the cops have to do is walk into the gorge and 'catch' them. I would like to hear your ideas.
  • by Stacey Location: Salyersville on Apr 27, 2009 at 06:20 AM
    Magoffin is burning too.
  • by Brian Location: Knott County on Apr 26, 2009 at 09:15 PM
    Our hills are burning too and I wish the fires would stop because it's hard on people who have trouble breathing. I just wish the cops could catch these people who set the hills on fire. This happens every year and has been since I was a young boy.

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