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Wildfire threatened homes in parts of Letcher County

By: Matthew Rand Email
By: Matthew Rand Email

LETCHER COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - A wildfire consumed 31 acres of underbrush Monday in Letcher County.

Fortunately, the flames did not spread to nearby homes, but fire officials say conditions this time of year make wildfires especially dangerous.

A line of flames advanced down this hillside, creeping closer to nearby homes.

Firefighters say the blaze started sometime around 2 p.m. Monday.

"We received a page probably about an hour ago, within 20 feet of a residence," said Chris Sexton, fire chief at the Sand Lick Fire Department.

Homeowners we talked to reported minor damage to things like vehicles.

They say while they are grateful their homes were spared, fending off a wildfire was not how they envisioned their Monday evening.

"It's very inconvenient to work all day and then come home and deal with this," said Angie Smith, whose house was yards from the flames.

It is the middle of fall forest fire season in Kentucky, and fire officials warn it does not take much to set of a blaze.

"A forest fire can ignite a house just as quick as anything else can, especially with houses butted up against the woodlands," Sexton said.

Fortunately for folks in Smoot Creek, firefighters were able to contain the flames, meaning everyone in the community can breathe a collective sigh of relief.

Fall forest fire hazard season continues through December 15th.

During that time, it is illegal to burn between the hours 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., or within 150 feet of wooded areas.

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