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Weekend Forest Fires Continue

By: Samantha Saracino Email
By: Samantha Saracino Email

Fire season began earlier this month and forestry officials continue to be hard at work, trying to contain and put out forest fires. The Kentucky River District has seen more than a dozen forest fires this weekend alone.

Fire season is in full swing and forestry officials are staying extremely busy.

"It's usually an ongoing thing. We just go from one fire to another until they get put out and then get us a little bit of sleep and come back over the next morning," said Herman Slone from the District Office of Forestry.

There were 13 fires in the Kentucky River District this weekend alone

"It's been hitting us in spells. We have a day every now and then that we just have a few, but we're having more days now with more fires each day," Slone said.

Slone believes most of them were arson.

"Being up on the hill, there's nothing around. There's nothing else that could start it unless it was somebody setting it."

He say the dryness of the ground is also a major factor in getting the fires started and keeping them going.

"With the ground being so dry, with the drought that we've been in, there's no dampness in the ground in the grass or in the leaves," Slone explained.

Officials encourage people to be smart during fire season.

"Just watch about burning campfires or any brush or trash. We've had windy days here and it's dryer than what they expected it be."

slone says it doesn't take much to set one off. If you suspect arson in your area...contact the arson hotline at 1-800-27 arson.

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