Hot and dry conditions cause forest fires

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Some forest fires are burning in our region due to the extreme heat and dry conditions.

The dry conditions, high temperatures, and 20 mile per hour wind gusts are creating a recipe for wildfires. Several counties have red flag warnings.

"Pretty bad fire conditions overall," said Jared Calvert, Southeastern District Forester.

More than 100 acres have burned statewide this week.

"It's very unusual in June to see these kind of fire conditions. You know, the grass starts to dry out, the trees start to dry up, and things start to catch a kindle a little bit faster, so we ask everyone to be a little more careful out there," said Calvert.

At least 17 Eastern Kentucky counties have burn bans.

"Trying to take a proactive approach," said David McGill, Harlan County Emergency Management Director.

Harlan County officials have also banned fireworks except for professional ones.

"We're just trying to protect people's property and the woodlands and curb anything major from happening. We want everybody to have a good Fourth and be safe, but at the same time, we're just trying to protect everyone in the county," said McGill.

Foresters say fire conditions will stay like this until the area gets rain.

Anyone caught burning in an area with a ban could get a citation and fine. Anyone caught intentionally setting a forest fire could face charges.

You can also report any information on arson fires by calling 1-800-27-ARSON.

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