Despite Recent Rains Forest Fires Continue To Burn

By: Amy Walker Email
By: Amy Walker Email

It might be raining, but forest fires continue to cause problems across eastern Kentucky.

Federal officials and volunteers from across the country are now coming to our region to help contain those fires.

WYMT’s Amy Walker followed firemen in Leslie County Thursday, who came from Virginia and Colorado to help contain a fire in the chandler community.

They say the rain is helping just a little bit, but the people responsible for starting the fires, are not.

Through the rain, a small plume of smoke rises, proof officials say that the fires in Leslie County are still burning.

These men have come from Virginia and Colorado to help fight the fire.

Officials say arson started it earlier this week.

Right now, it's contained to 1600 acres.

The firemen are part of a national registry, and they've fought fires from California, to Montana, and now to Leslie County Kentucky, giving local forestry officials much needed help.

Don Oliver is used to fighting bigger fires out west, but he says arson is not as common there.

“Somebody might not get their fire put out or something, you do have a few that might do something malicious, but it's different,” Oliver said.

Federal officials say much of the burned land is part of the Daniel Boone National Forest, so they say any arsonists caught will be federally prosecuted.

They say it's hard to catch arsonists unless a community gets fed up with the fires so they are using these posters as part of a campaign to show just was arsonists can do.

Coming up Friday at six we'll hear from some fire fighters with the Kentucky Division of Forestry that have been fighting much more than fires.

They've been in Kentucky courts for the last ten years fighting for hazardous duty retirement and now, they say they're being discriminated against.

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