ROWAN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - The U.S. Forestry Service is fighting a wildfire in the Daniel Boone National Forest. The fire is in Rowan County, just outside of Morehead, near U.S. 60.
Forestry officials say the fire started Tuesday night, and they had it contained. But on Thursday night, the fire jumped the containment line.
The fire is near some house and power lines. Forestry officials say that right now they're focusing on keeping the fire off the power lines.
So far, the fire has burned 15 acres. The Forestry Service estimates the fire may burn 30 acres by the time it's contained. They say the fire is hard to contain because it's on a sloped area.
The fire could also have an impact on traffic in the area. The Kentucky Department of Highways is asking drivers to use caution along US 60, east of Morehead, in Rowan County. Smoke could reduce visibility, especially later Thursday evening.
We're told highway crews and local law enforcement are monitoring the situation and will temporarily close the road or restrict traffic if necessary.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.