Forest Fires Becoming More Common

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

There is growing concern from a nearby community at the Knox-Whitley County line as multiple forest fires continue to flare up across the region.

The image of fire is not something people near the Knox-Whitley County line want to see.

A fire that forestry officials say burnt over twenty acres had many people with homes concerned.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

People nearby are not the only ones concerned over the number of forest fires in eastern Kentucky.

Division of forestry officials says they are spread thin.

Still with many on duty to fight the fire in Knox County, many fear the fire could reach their homes.

Forestry officials say crews from the Bluegrass District and many other parts of state came to Knox County to help contain the fire.

To prevent forest fires many eastern Kentucky counties are under burning bans Monday night.

Those counties under a ban are; Harlan, Laurel, Leslie, Letcher, Perry, Pike, Rockcastle, and Whitley Counties.

During this ban all outside burning at any time is prohibited until further notice.

Believe it or not, there's actually something good that's come out of all the extreme heat and dry conditions we've seen.

The drought is actually helping police keep drugs off the streets by drying up the marijuana crop.

Officials say in their efforts to eradicate pot, they've found nearly two hundred thousand fewer plants than last year.

Officials say the street value of pot will probably go up since the supply is down.


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