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Warm & Dry Streak Could Lead To Bad Ending To Forest Fire Season

Forestry officials say the recent dry and warm weather could lead to a bad ending to what's been a relatively calm forest fire season.

Foresty officials say they've now contained the 200 acre Perry County fire they were working on.

They also caution people to make sure winds are down when burning garbage, and to always keep an eye out for arsonists.

Arson is the leading cause of forest fires in Kentucky. About 55 to 60 percent of all forest fires in Kentucky are intentionally set.

These fires damage more than just forestland. They threaten homes, businesses and lives.

Please protect your property, your community, your life and the many firefighters that put their lives on the line battling these needless fires.

Call the Target Arson Hotline at 1-800-27-ARSON to report information about arson activity. You may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 if the information provided leads to the arrest and indictment of an arsonist. The Target Arson Hotline is sponsored by the Arson Task Force.

You may also contact your local law enforcement officials, the Kentucky State Police or the Kentucky Division of Forestry district office that serves your area.

Helpful information includes location of fire, descriptions of vehicles and license plate numbers, physical descriptions of individuals and any other information pertaining to illegal burning.

Forest Arson is a Felony and Intentionally setting fire to land owned by someone else is a felony under state law (KRS 149.380) and is punishable by up to five years in prison and/or up to $10,000 in fines.


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