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Clay County forest fire burns nearly 100 acres

By: Matthew Rand Email
By: Matthew Rand Email

ONEIDA, Ky. (WYMT) - A forest fire burned nearly 100 acres near the Sattler Branch community in Clay County.

Fire fighters responded to the blaze late Thursday. By Friday afternoon, the flames were contained. Still, the fire gave folks who live nearby quite a scare.

"It's about that time of year you have to start worrying, leaves and everything is dry. There's a lot of trees around here. It wasn't as bad this year as it was last year; it was real close last year," said resident Rebecca Combs.

Back then, Combs says a forest fire came so close to her home that fire fighters had to hose it down to keep it from igniting.

"All we could really see was the smoke this time. It was on the other side so it didn't get really close, but it was close enough to make you nervous," Combs said.

Combs' sister says their ailing father lives in the home. She says getting him out of the house in an emergency would be difficult.

"He's wheelchair bound so that wouldn't have been something fun to try to do. It would've been a hassle. We try to think about going over fire evacuations any way, just in case because of him," said sister Monica Baker.

People we talked to in Clay County say the threat of fire is a constant concern this time of year. They say people need to be more careful.

"People just need to be more responsible with their fire, because it's not just affecting you and the forest. It's affecting the houses and the people who live in the houses," said Combs.

Authorities say the fire was deliberately set. If yo

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