Officials say wildfire at Ky. state park *not* contained; has ‘rapidly intensified’
POWELL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - The wildfire at a popular eastern Kentucky state park is *not* contained.
Wednesday morning, officials with Powell County Search & Rescue told WKYT the fire was contained. However, U.S. Forest Service officials have since told us that is incorrect and has actually “rapidly intensified” over the past 24 hours.
“This is one of the more complex wildfires that I have been on in recent years,” said Mike McMillian with the U.S. Forest Service.
We’re told the fire broke out Thursday at Natural Bridge State Park in Powell County. The fire is burning on the top of the mountain, near the skylift. In fact, the skylift is how firefighters are getting to the fire.
So far, there’s no reports of anyone being hurt or any structures in harm’s way.
Dozen of firefighters, about 100 in total, from the Kentucky Division of Forestry and U.S. Forest Service have responded to the fire.
Officials tell us the fire was about five acres in size when it broke out on Thursday but has grown to around 100 acres by Wednesday. We’re told the fire is currently about 45% contained.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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