Forestry officials say people across Eastern Kentucky are learning just how dangerous forest fires can be.
Officials say a fire Thursday night in Perry County was set by an arsonist close to several homes. No homes or power lines were destroyed Thursday night, but officials say the fire also damages the soil and nearby water sources.
Since January, the Kentucky River Forestry Division reports more than two thousand acres have burned across their district alone. Just Wednesday, more than 1,000 acres burned in 62 fires across the state.
Forestry officials say homeowners should clear brush and debris from their property, and during fire season, always keep a water source nearby. If fire reaches your home, contact the forestry division and do not try to fight the fire yourself.
Officials say the majority of forest fires are the result of arson. If you want to report anyone starting fires, you can call the arson hotline at 1-800-27-ARSON.