Spring Forest Fire Season Is Getting Active

By: Amy Walker Email
By: Amy Walker Email

Forest fires continue to burn across the region, officials say fires across the state have burned more than one-thousand acres so far.

A fire on Irishman Creek Road in Knott County is on of dozens of forest fires that are sparking up across eastern Kentucky

“Getting to the top of the ridge is usually the hardest job. Getting all the crew members and equipment we need up there,” Shelby Conway said.

Forestry crews are fighting more than 30 acres of flames in Knott County.

“Wind gusts can spread the fire very quickly along with low humidity,” Conway said.

Back at the forestry headquarter, others keep track of current fires, and wait for new fire reports to come in.

They say the dry weather has made for a rough start this spring.

Officials say 62 fires burned more than 1000 across the state Wednesday.

Fire crews say, many, like this one in Knott County, may have been set on purpose and it's hard keep up with so many.

“When you have a large amount of fires, regardless of how many personnel you have, it's still possible to have unmanned fires,” Conway said.

Fire crews say everyone should report any fires that you see burning, and they urge you to report anyone that you see setting a fire

If you want to report anyone starting fires, you can call the arson hotline at 1-800-27-ARSON.


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