Officials Take To The Sky To Spot Forest Fires

By: Peter O'Connor Email
By: Peter O'Connor Email

Unusually warm temperatures, dry air, and falling leaves. With those conditions, fires can get out of control quick. So forestry officials were working hard Sunday to keep fires contained.

Eastern Kentucky got a break from forest fires with the recent rainfall, but forestry officials say they know the break won't last long. Officials were out Sunday hoping to get a bird’s eye view of the next batch of fires in the region.

If you’re looking for the next round of forest fires, up in the sky is where you'll see them.

"When you see smoke, you never know what your going to find though sometimes it turns out to be mine dust sometimes it's people burning trash," said Pilot David Buss.

The recent rainfall in the region gave forest officials a break, but officials say they break won't last long.

"Here lately, the rain put a stop to some of them but I expect more today," said Jason Hunt with the Division of Forestry.

To see just how many new forest fires are going, forestry officials take to the sky. Fires were spotted in Clay and Floyd Counties Sunday. Forestry officials say they didn't see many fires on this trip, but expect more soon.

"We've been working a lot of days and we did have a break over the last period of rain here, our crews had a break and we're ready to go again," Hunt said.

Hunt says he saw three fires from the sky and plans to fly back over Eastern Kentucky Monday.

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