Forest Fires Burning Across The State

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

It's been a busy day for firefighters working to contain forest fires burning across the state.

As of Monday afternoon, there were reports of a dozen fires burning in eleven Kentucky counties, most of them in the eastern part of the state.

One of the fires causing the biggest concern is in the Red River Gorge in the Gladie Creek area. There is a 175 acre fire that started with a campfire on the ridge above extremely high cliffs.

"It just simply got out of control on a person and now we're having to go in and fight this fire," says Evelyn Morgan with the U.S. Forest Service.

Along with crews already battling the fire in that area, more are on standby waiting to help if need-be, should the fire spread.

"Just in case something does go bad, we'll be put into action right away," says Joseph Tosee with the Comanch Fire Crew Nation out of Oklahoma.

The fire is also shutting down roadways and trails around the popular tourist destination.

A closure order has been issued for all National Forest land east of Hwy 77 (Tarr Ridge Road), north of Hwy 715 to Gladie Creek, west of Gladie Creek to Lost Branch Trail intersection with the Sheltowee Trace Trail and west of the Sheltowee Trail from said intersection to Corner Ridge Trail head parking lot.

U.S. Forest Service officials say it is extremely important the public avoid that area until further notice, and to be careful if starting a small fire or campfire, making sure you put plenty of water and dirt on it to make sure it is completely out.

The Forestry Department says more dry weather and high winds are fanning the flames Monday.

Meanwhile, a 175 acre fire in Floyd County that started over the weekend was accidentally set by someone burning debris. Officials say a second fire in the county over the weekend may have been caused by arson.


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  • by MG on Apr 28, 2009 at 08:33 AM
    Way to many people in Eastern KY burn their trash. Way to much stuff they throw in there shouldn't be burned to begin with.
  • by Stephanie Location: Richmond Ky on Apr 28, 2009 at 05:50 AM
    People should take precautions right now. It has been to dry to be burning trash or whatever. These fires could very well have been prevented due to people having more consideration.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 27, 2009 at 07:27 PM
    i like to see ever who is sitting the fires fall in it,,learn them a lessing..people that do this is very sick.sick in the head..sickos.
  • by Farah on Apr 27, 2009 at 02:33 PM
    Which 10 counties are being hit with the fires?

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