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Martin Co. forest fire being called arson

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

DEBORD, Ky. (WYMT) - Officials in Martin County say as soon as they get one fire put out arsonists set another.

They say it all started Thursday.

"I went outside, and I seen a plane circling around my tower and I thought something must be wrong," said Roy Goble.

That is when Goble says he smelled smoke and knew what was happening. His Martin County land was on fire.

"It was an arson set fire. We had it out last night, put it to bed. Thought everything would be fine," said Eastern District Forester Tad Norris.

When officials checked on the land Friday morning, they say it had been set again in several places causing nearly 100 acres to burn.

"They said they had seen two four wheelers. One was a red one, and one was a dark colored one," said Goble.

Officials say they have not been able to catch whoever is setting the blazes.

"As quick as we can get it out, they're relighting it. It's very frustrating. It makes you mad," said Norris.

Goble says he is frustrated too.

"It's just plum ignorant. I mean that's all it is," he said.

Officials say while the fire is widespread, none of the homes in the area are in any immediate danger, but they do want to urge people to be careful when they are in the area and keep an eye out for suspicious activity.

"I just hope it don't come down and threaten me where I have to call somebody to help fight fire because I'm not able to," said Goble.

Officials are hoping forecasted rain will help put the fire out.

Eastern District forestry officials say six fires were burning Friday in Pike, Floyd, Magoffin, and Martin Counties. Three have been ruled as arson.


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