Forest fire season begins

By: Kari Hall Email
By: Kari Hall Email

Even though we've had above normal precipitation this year state officials say we're still at risk for wildfires. Spring forest fire season began earlier this week.

We often think of wildfires being a problem in the Fall when the rain dries up. But the Spring forest fire season has just begun and peaks in March.

"During this time it's illegal to burn any type of debris between the hours of 6am and 6pm and that's within 150 feet of the woodlands," says the KY Division of Forestry Environmental Education Section Supervisor Lynn True.

Forest officials warn that even though we've had quite a bit of precipitation this season, it only takes a few days for leaves to dry out and turn into fuel for wildfires.

"Our biggest concern for this time of year is a lot of people burning debris. They'll burn off limbs and their gardens and things that accumulated over the Winter. And they don't realize that the moisture of the leaf litter could be low," adds True.

True says 90% of wildfires are caused by people. And now is the time to start being very careful with campfires and burning debris.

"Take caution with burning any debris be aware of the weather conditions. Certainly if it's windy do not burn debris," warns True.

The Spring forest fire season which runs from now until April 30th. There's already been more than normal wildfires in the Commonwealth. Fifty fires burned 1500 acres in January.

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