Firefighters Battling Blazes

By: Ashley Reynolds Email
By: Ashley Reynolds Email

In less than one week ... Division of Forestry Firefighters have battled dozens of fires in Southeastern Kentucky alone.

Thousands of acres have already burned.

Brandon Howard works for the Kentucky Division of Forestry.

He says this is not your typical spring season for fires.

Once the blazes are gone, they come back.

"The winds picked up and it blew the embers across the control lines... then it started fire there. So we had to put another control line up. This is happening very often in our district with the winds and the temperatures the way they are," said Howard.

Officials say conditions are perfect for flames start up again even after they put out a fire.

Several counties in the Cumberland Valley Region are under a burning ban.

"That's created a situation that makes woods very flamable. It puts all of our fire fighters on the line," said Michael Silliman with Kentucky Division of Forestry.

Forestry leaders say the majority of fires are arson.

If folks are caught officials say there are serious consequence.

If you have a tip for officials concerning a fire you can call the arson tip hotline at 1 800-ARSON.

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