Firefighters respond to brush fire in Breathitt County

The brush fire burned along the hillside, but did not threaten any structures before...
The brush fire burned along the hillside, but did not threaten any structures before firefighters could respond.(Zak Hawke/WYMT)
Published: Mar. 30, 2022 at 3:34 PM EDT
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BREATHITT COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Fire Chief Tim Osborne of Watts-Caney Volunteer Fire Department told WYMT they responded to a brush fire near Hard Shell Caney Road in Breathitt County Wednesday afternoon.

Firefighters, along with Division of Forestry officials, were able to control the blaze without any of the nearby homes getting damaged. No injuries were reported.

Officials do remind people to avoid outdoor burning between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., especially on windy days.

Watts-Caney Assistant Chief, David Baker, said the wind made today’s blaze especially dangerous.

”The wind is killing them on the fire I just came from,” he said referring to the brush fire near Hard Shell Caney Road.

It was not necessary in the Hard Shell area on Wednesday, but Baker did share advice for people that may need to flee a fire in the future.

”As you’re evacuating, close up all the doors.” he advised. “It really slows down the spread inside of a structure.”

He also said, when it comes to reporting a wildfire, its better to be safe than sorry.

”Call 9-1-1 at the first sign of trouble because we would much rather respond to something that isn’t a problem for us, than responding to your house being completely on fire.”

Numerous fires were reported across Eastern Kentucky on Wednesday.

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