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    There is growing concern from a nearby community at the Knox-Whitley County line as multiple forest fires continue to flare up across the region.

    The image of fire is not something people near the Knox-Whitley County line want to see.

    A fire that forestry officials say burnt over twenty acres had many people with homes concerned.

    The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

    People nearby are not the only ones concerned over the number of forest fires in eastern Kentucky.

    Division of forestry officials says they are spread thin.

    Still with many on duty to fight the fire in Knox County, many fear the fire could reach their homes.

    Forestry officials say crews from the Bluegrass District and many other parts of state came to Knox County to help contain the fire.

    To prevent forest fires many eastern Kentucky counties are under burning bans Monday night.

    Those counties under a ban are; Harlan, Laurel, Leslie, Letcher, Perry, Pike, Rockcastle, and Whitley Counties.

    During this ban all outside burning at any time is prohibited until further notice.

    Believe it or not, there's actually something good that's come out of all the extreme heat and dry conditions we've seen.

    The drought is actually helping police keep drugs off the streets by drying up the marijuana crop.

    Officials say in their efforts to eradicate pot, they've found nearly two hundred thousand fewer plants than last year.

    Officials say the street value of pot will probably go up since the supply is down.
    Always a day late and a dollar short!

    Hillbilly Irish!

  • #2
    Eastern ky

    Several forest fires are burning across the mountains and forestry officials say they're concerned that there could be even more because of the extremely dry conditions.

    It's so dry right now firefighters are having trouble keeping fires contained. Forest fires are approaching some homes and even one house fire almost turned into an all out forest fire.

    "It's just a really scary time right now," said Gail Gilliam.

    Gilliam was worried what might happen Friday when a home just a few doors away was burning to the ground. Workers at a service station next door were trying to keep the fire away from four thousand gallons of fuel.

    "The guy at the station was watering it with his water hose until the fire department could get there," Gilliam said.

    Firefighters battled to keep the fire from spreading to the woods behind the home.

    The couple who lived in the home was able to escape unharmed, but they lost everything in the fire. Fire officials are looking into what started the fire. Forestry officials are urging people to be careful during these dry times.

    "As dry as it is now, it's really important to be extra careful even more so than in the past," said Forester Nick Valentine.

    And Gail Gilliam is urging her neighbors to look out for each other.

    "Even when we saw this fire today, we saw neighbors burning stuff they shouldn't be. Everybody needs to abide by those burning bans," Gilliam said.

    Harlan County is under a burning ban as well as several other counties across Eastern Kentucky. Those are Perry, Leslie, Letcher, Harlan, Pike, Whitley, Laurel, and Rockcastle Counties. A ban means that all outside burning at any time is prohibited until further notice.
    Always a day late and a dollar short!

    Hillbilly Irish!

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    • #3
      Sept.6th 2007

      Counties with fire activity during the reporting period:


      Adair
      Bell
      Breathitt
      Calloway
      Carlisle
      Carter
      Clay
      Estill
      Floyd
      Fulton
      Graves
      Greenup
      Harlan
      Hickman
      Johnson
      Knott
      Knox
      Laurel
      Leslie
      Lewis
      Livingston
      Magoffin
      Marshall
      Morgan
      Owsley
      Perry
      Pike
      Rockcastle
      Trigg
      Wolfe


      Counties With Outdoor Burning Bans

      Adair
      Ballard
      Boyle
      Butler
      Caldwell
      Carlisle
      Christian
      Clinton
      Crittenden
      Edmonson
      Fleming
      Fulton
      Gallatin
      Graves
      Grayson
      Greenup
      Harlan
      Harrison
      Henderson
      Hickman
      Hopkins
      Knott
      Laurel
      Leslie
      Letcher
      Livingston
      Logan
      Lyon
      Marshall
      McCracken
      McLean
      Mercer
      Metcalfe
      Perry
      Pike
      Rockcastle
      Todd
      Trigg
      Warren
      Whitley
      Always a day late and a dollar short!

      Hillbilly Irish!

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      • #4
        Wildfire Closes Section of Gorge

        Wildfire Closes Section of Gorge

        Friday, Sep 07, 2007 - 06:02 PM

        By Matt Tettelbach
        The Forest Service has shut down an area of the Red River Gorge Friday because of a small, but uncontrolled wildfire.

        It's near a popular rock climbing area known as "Funk Rock City."

        Forest officials tell Action News 36 lightning probably started the fire, which now covers about five acres.

        And with the persistent drought, they expect to see more wildfires soon.
        Always a day late and a dollar short!

        Hillbilly Irish!

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        • #5

          Officials say in their efforts to eradicate pot, they've found nearly two hundred thousand fewer plants than last year.
          that doesn't mean they don't exist, that could just mean those are two hundred thousand plants that are better hidden than last years.


          Counties With Outdoor Burning Bans

          Adair
          Ballard
          Boyle
          Butler
          Caldwell
          Carlisle
          Christian
          Clinton
          Crittenden
          Edmonson
          Fleming
          Fulton
          Gallatin
          Graves
          Grayson
          Greenup
          Harlan
          Harrison
          Henderson
          Hickman
          Hopkins
          Knott
          Laurel
          Leslie
          Letcher
          Livingston
          Logan
          Lyon
          Marshall
          McCracken
          McLean
          Mercer
          Metcalfe
          Perry
          Pike
          Rockcastle
          Todd
          Trigg
          Warren
          Whitley
          You can add my home Bath county to that list too.
          "You choose to go voluntarily into the fire. The blaze might well destroy you. But if you survive, every blow of the hammer will serve to shape your being. Every drop of water wrung from you will temper and strengthen your soul." Margaret Weis


          Paul Richardson
          Firefighter/EMT-B
          OVFD unit# 343/SLVFD unit# 610

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          • #6
            Several firefighters had to be treated for heat exhaustion Wednesday while fighting a wildfire in Bullitt County in temperatures over 100 degrees.

            A Kentucky Division of Forestry firefighter and six firefighters from local fire departments became ill from heat exhaustion while suppressing a small wildland fire in Bullitt County, according to a release Friday.

            The KDF employee and the other firefighters were treated at a local hospital and released.


            KDF Director Leah MacSwords is very concerned about the safety of Kentucky's wildland firefighters.

            "The recent heat wave has created an extremely dangerous situation for wildland firefighters," said MacSwords. "Normally, wildland fires are rare in the summer months, but the severe drought coupled with extreme temperatures has increased the number of fires by more than 500 percent over last summer. Last August, the division responded to only three fires; this year there have already been 24 fires this month and more are expected."

            Conditions are not expected to improve until the state receives sufficient rainfall. The long-range forecast is predicting below-average rainfall through the end of the year. If the forecast holds, KDF is expecting a very serious fall forest fire hazard season, which begins Oct. 1. Similar drought conditions to the ones we are presently experiencing occurred in 1999 and contributed to three consecutive years of serious forest fire hazard seasons.
            Always a day late and a dollar short!

            Hillbilly Irish!

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            • #7
              Pike County Kentucky Arson arrest!

              Pike County Man Facing Arson Charges

              Posted: 7:01 PM Sep 21, 2007

              Pike County man is in jail after police say he started a forest fire.

              State police say a trooper arrested Danny Hall Thursday night. He is being held at the Pike County Detention Center on multiple charges including arson, and violating a burning ban.
              Always a day late and a dollar short!

              Hillbilly Irish!

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              • #8
                Rowan County

                Rowan Issues No Burn Ban

                Posted: 11:34 PM Sep 22, 2007
                Last Updated: 11:34 PM Sep 22, 200 A An eastern Kentucky county has issued a state of emergency due to the current drought situation.
                Rowan county officials are banning any kind of burning in the area.
                Officials say the a fire in theses dry conditions could cause a spark a huge fire.
                Crews are already working to put out two wildfires in Rowan County.

                Fire Started 09-20-2007 Cause (fireworks)
                80-100 Acres near Clearfield,Kentucky / Dark Hollow Fire


                Fire started 09-21-2007 cause (control burn escapes)
                35-40 Acres near Waltz,Kentucky / Rock Fork Fire
                Last edited by coldfront; 09-24-2007, 07:44 AM.
                Always a day late and a dollar short!

                Hillbilly Irish!

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                • #9
                  Rowan County Wildfires

                  Rowan County Wildfires

                  Sunday, Sep 23, 2007 - 05:44 PM

                  Flames raged through parts of the Daniel Boone National Forest in Rowan County over the weekend.

                  Forest officials fought the fire with fire.

                  To protect the people that live there, the Moorhead Fire Department, U.S. Forest Service and Kentucky Division of Forestry set their own fire. The plan is to burn up any debris that could fuel the wild fire.

                  "...Once the main fire gets to that area that's already burned, there's no fuel left and it will go out," E.J. Bunzendahl with the U.S. Forest Service said.

                  Forest officials say because of the drought the season for wildfires has started earlier than normal.
                  Always a day late and a dollar short!

                  Hillbilly Irish!

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                  • #10
                    Weather Causing More Brush Fires

                    Weather Causing More Brush Fires

                    Posted: 8:42 PM Feb 28, 2006
                    Last Updated: 8:42 PM Feb 28, 2006
                    Reporter: Ryan Dearbone

                    Justin Watt, Executive Director of the Smiths Grove branch of the Kentucky Division of Forestry says so far this year Kentucky has had 342 brush fires for a total of a little over 7000 acres burnt.

                    The unseasonably warm temperatures and changing conditions seem to be the culprit for these blazes.


                    "We have a lot more brush fires anytime you have drier conditions, windy conditions."

                    This past weekend alone...there were 92 brush fires reported throughout the state.

                    So far the number of brush fires has increased in Kentucky over the past couple of years.

                    "Last fall and this spring, we have had a little bit increase in fire activity. The past two or three years has been slower for us. But the past 2 fire seasons, we have seen fire activity pickup quite a bit."

                    With the weather being less than ideal for controlled fires, the Kentucky Division of Forestry wants area residents to obstain from lighting up debris...at least for now.

                    "A lot of times when your relative humidity drops like it did yesterday, you mix that with high winds and you have a lot more fires. A lot of people thinks they can burn some debris, a brush pile and it ends up getting away from them."
                    Always a day late and a dollar short!

                    Hillbilly Irish!

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                    • #11
                      Teen arrested in Bullitt brush fire

                      Police have arrested a 15-year-old boy in connection with a brush fire that scorched a field and tied up traffic in Bullitt County yesterday.

                      At 5:14 p.m. yesterday, just two hours after the fire was reported, Shepherdsville police charged the teenager with “willfully setting fire on land not owned by self,” said Michaela Frank, a clerk with the Shepherdsville Police Department.
                      The teen has not been identified because he is a juvenile.

                      The fire scorched a three- to-four-acre vacant lot and partially wooded area near the Paroquet Springs Conference Center in Shepherdsville and closed one southbound lane of traffic on Interstate 65 for an hour as five fire departments and other agencies responded to the blaze.

                      “We believed it was intentionally set,” said Shepherdsville Fire Chief Brad Whittaker.
                      Hot temperatures made conditions nearly unbearable, and rough terrain made the blaze particularly difficult to navigate, Whittaker said.

                      “Those conditions just literally beat us down in a hurry,” he said. It took two hours for firefighters to get the blaze under control, and emergency workers were on the scene for four hours.

                      Eight firefighters were taken to Jewish Hospital South and treated for heat-related injuries. Five of the injured were from the Shepherdsville Fire Department, two were from Nichols and one was a Kentucky Department of Forestry officer.

                      “By the time you realized you were dehydrated, it was almost too late,” Whittaker said.

                      Shepherdsville, Lebanon Junction, Nichols, Mount Washington and Zoneton fire departments responded to the call, as well as Bullitt County EMS and Bullitt County Emergency Management and several police departments.

                      “I’d much rather not have one like that for a while,” Whittaker said. “I’ve been to a lot of grass fires and brush fires but that was the worst one. Those were absolutely horrible conditions to work in,” he said.

                      Reporter Melissa Gagliardi
                      Always a day late and a dollar short!

                      Hillbilly Irish!

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                      • #12
                        Saw on the news the other night about one fire in Rowan County. Said it was close to some homes, but the residents weren't concerned, because they said they knew Forestry was taking care of things (or something like that - can't remember the exact wording). Way to go Forestry!! They have a very difficult job, and it's nice to hear the public give them a vote of confidence during this extreme heat/dry season!

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                        • #13
                          Ky FF Injured Cornfield Fire

                          Kentucky Crews Battle Field Fire
                          One firefighter was injured

                          Firefighters in Glendale, Kentucky responded to a 100-acre cornfield fire on the afternoon of Sept. 20.

                          Firefighters from Sonora, Elizabethtown, Valley Creek, White Mills, Stephensburg, Upton and Central Hardin -- as well as the Division of Forestry -- battled the blaze.

                          The fire was under control within three hours.

                          One firefighter was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital by Hardin County EMS with injuries sustained while fighting the fire.

                          The American Red Cross provided food and drinks for the fire crews.

                          Drought conditions and atmospheric heating caused by the fire spawned an incredible "dust devil" that was several hundred feet high.
                          Always a day late and a dollar short!

                          Hillbilly Irish!

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                          • #14
                            They're anticipating such a bad fire season this year our local Div. of forestry office is recruiting and training Emergency crews from local Vol. departments. I put in an app. for it, training starts next week. It's gonna be a long fall..........
                            "You choose to go voluntarily into the fire. The blaze might well destroy you. But if you survive, every blow of the hammer will serve to shape your being. Every drop of water wrung from you will temper and strengthen your soul." Margaret Weis


                            Paul Richardson
                            Firefighter/EMT-B
                            OVFD unit# 343/SLVFD unit# 610

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                            • #15
                              Status of Natural Bridge Area

                              Hey All,

                              I have a small place in the Natural Bridge area off of 715. I know that in Northern Ky, we have a severe threat. What is fire the status in that area? Any fires that I need to worry about? I will be down there on Friday 10-5. Any info is helpful.

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