The woodlands of Eastern Kentucky are among the most beautiful in the country, but state forestry officials are saying they could also be the most dangerous.
It's one of the most beautiful areas in all of Eastern Kentucky, but during fire season, Lake Lewman Road is also among the most dangerous. That's why firefighters in Rowan County have been in the woods over recent days clearing brush and leaves from roadsides and houses trying to reduce the risk of forest fires before they can start.
"We're trying to reduce fuel loading along the roadways where a fire engine would have to travel. It's important we don't have anything to entrap engines or endanger firefighters," said Danny Bevins with the Route 377 Fire Department.
Not only are firefighters cleaning up, but they're also educating, talking to folks in high risk areas about what they can do to protect themselves and their property.
The Route 377, Hayes Crossing, and Farmers Fire Department received a $16,000 grant for education and cleanup through the FireWise Council. Bevins says it's money well spent.
Rowan County has more than 130,000 acres of forest land, which is 73 percent of the entire county. In the past six years, there have been 72 wildfires in and around Morehead.