Forest Fire Concerns Grow

By: Jeff Gould Email
By: Jeff Gould Email

Forest fires continue to be a concern Monday with hot temperatures and dry conditions still here.

Forestry officials say arson is one of the leading causes of those fires.

There have already been 143 forest fires in Kentucky this month alone, with nearly three quarters of them caused by arson.

Now, October is generally the worst month for forest fires, but forestry officials say there are things you can do to help prevent next month from being one of the worst forest-fire seasons on record.

With arson continuing to cause more fires in eastern Kentucky, nearly 4000 acres of forest have already burnt this month, but its not just trees that are being effected.

Now, as October nears, a month that could be one the worst fire-seasons on record, Forestry Officials are asking for your help, insisting that the best way to combat arson is to report the people behind it.

In addition to reporting, arson, Forester Jim Funk says protecting the area around your home is essential for keeping flames away.

The best way to keep your home out of the line of fire, is to keep at least a 30-foot area between the forest and your home.

Doing that could help to stop a fire dead in its tracks.

For more info on how to keep your house protected from forest-fires.

For more info on how to keep your house protected from forest fires, you can log onto the FireWise Program's website at

You can report arson by calling 1-800-27-ARSON.

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