Forest fires burn across east KY

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Forest fires are burning across parts of the region tonight.

Officials were out fighting the flames most of the weekend and say many of the fires were set intentionally.

Forest rangers say more than two thousand acres have burned since Friday across parts of Pike, Floyd, Johnson, Martin, Magoffin and Lawrence Counties.

Here lately with the higher temperatures and increased wind and low relative humidity, all that adds together for a pretty hazardous situation.

Three fires are burning 1,200 acres in the Dorton area of Pike County.

Rangers say at least 22 fires appear to be intentionally set across the Big Sandy region.

Crews are also battling the weather.

Rangers say the wind is pushing the flames over the line and the dry branches on the ground are fueling the flames.

Crews are using dozers to help lines to contain the fires and are working 16 hour days.

Rangers warn people for safety to stay away from the woods until the fires are all gone.

To report fires call 1-800-27-ARSON (27766)

In the wake of these new fires, there are several burning bans in place.

• Lawrence
• Martin
• Magoffin
• Johnson

Officials in these counties have banned burning of any kind.

Everyone is already under a seasonal ban that runs from 6 am until 6 pm.

The bans are in effect until further notice.

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