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Weekend Rain Decreases Forest Fires

By: Samantha Saracino Email
By: Samantha Saracino Email

Fire Season started in October and forestry officials have been working non-stop to keep the fires contained. The warm weather plays a huge role in why there have been so many fires during the past few weeks, but the rain we received this weekend has slowed everything down, keeping the flames to a minimum.

Forest fires have been an issue across Eastern Kentucky, keeping forestry officials extremely busy.

"The warm weather we've been having, you know that's uncharacteristic for us for this time of year so we've been having more fires than we usually have at this time of the year," said Herman Slone, the Kentucky River District Forester.

It wasn't until this weekend when it rained that forestry officials finally got a break.

"With the higher humidities and the dampness, it's not going to burn as intense as it would on a low humidity day with the sun shining," Slone explained.

Forestry officials say a little dampness can go a long way. Thanks to a little bit of rain, many fires are almost completely out with the exception of just a few hot spots.

"If its wet, it will not burn. And the leaves, if a good dew falls overnight, it usually puts the fire out itself but theres still a bunch of smoking stuff but with the humidity going up and all that the fire can't really burn too good," said Kenny Fannin, a Perry County Forest Ranger.

Officials are hoping the rain will continue, keeping the moisture in the ground. If not, forest fires could continue to burn. Forestry officials say most fires are arson. If you see someone setting a fire, you can call the arson hotline at 1-800-27-arson.

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