Dangerous Forest Fire Burning In Leslie County

By: Danielle Morgan Email
By: Danielle Morgan Email

It's being called a dangerous fire causing trees to fall on roads, some near people's homes. That fire is burning in Southern Leslie County where forestry officials are trying to get it under control.

It doesn't take long to realize how dangerous this fire is. Fire fighters say they saw 30-40 trees fall Monday because of the fire, one that hit a volunteer.

"We tried to make a line and one of the dead snags fell on him and actually hit him," Division of Forestry Ranger Nick Valentine.

Forestry officials say the emergency volunteer was treated for minor injuries, but they say the reason so many trees are falling, stems from five years ago when a monster fire raged through this community.

"The fire that came through there is what killed a lot of the trees that are falling now," Valentine said.

Within two days, about 400 acres have already burned and four homes have been in danger. Now they're fighting the flames from a family cemetery.

Like 80 percent of forest fires, forestry officials say they suspect arson once again.

There are other, smaller fires burning around the region. At last check there were at least 21 fires burning, most less than one hundred acres. Officials say one fire in the Saul community of Perry County burned a garage.

Many fires of these fires are intentionally set. If you have any information about arson fires, you can call 1-800-27-ARSON.

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