Wildfire continues to burn

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

Forestry officials blame arsonists for the hundreds of acres burning across the mountains.

A forest fire in Knott County started Monday night and is still burning.

The wildfire was sparked nearly 36 hours ago and is killing all wildlife and charring timber in its path.

Forestry officials are certain arsonists started the blaze after a red flag warning was issued.

"We like the public to know that the danger of fire currents is apparent, but some people may take that information a little too far," said Robbie Morgan, a state forest ranger.

Now that the fires are contained, officials are working to control them ridding all flames and smoke.

"The activity has died down a little bit since the wind, and I think our humidity is up a little bit not much, but we expect it to pick up," said Morgan.

Forestry officials are starting fires to put out what remains, which is a technique many people do not understand.

The idea behind line firing is to fight fire with fire which takes fuels away from the main fire and eventually extinguishes all of the flames.

The fires have been fought, but the weather is something they are still fighting as the winds fail to die unlike the fire.

A red flag warning was not issued today, but forestry officials say that does not mean wildfires cannot pick back up.

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