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Hundreds of Acres Burning at Red River Gorge-Ky

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  • Hundreds of Acres Burning at Red River Gorge-Ky

    Hundreds of Acres Burning at Red River Gorge


    Posted: 10:24 PM Oct 4, 2008
    Last Updated: 10:24 PM Oct 4, 2008

    Dozens of firefighters are battling a forest fire that's burning hundreds of acres in the Daniel Boone National Forest.

    Its happening in the Chimney Top Rock area of Red River Gorge at the Powell-Wolfe County line.

    When the fire was first reported late Friday afternoon, only about 5 acres were involved. But, because of the extremely rugged terrain and steep cliffs, crews were pulled off prior to darkness for safety reasons, and it is now a 300 acre fire.

    "It's inside a geological area, we've got lots of high cliff lines. We've got leaf litter on the ground, and their objective is to hold this fire using the natural barriers of the river and the trails that are in there," said Evelyn Morgan, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Forestry Dept.

    Morgan says once the flames burn to the control lines, the fire will cover 560 acres.

    Only a section of one trail has had to be closed, but drivers on Highway 77 had trouble finding their way through all the smoke Saturday morning.

    The extremely dry summer and fall definitely played a role in the fire but authorities are hesitant to say exactly what caused it.

    "We think most likely it's a campfire that someone possibly forgot to put all the way out, but at this time we really don't know for sure," said Morgan.

    There is currently no burning ban in the Daniel Boone National Forest. Campfires are permitted, but campers are urged to be extremely cautious. But, officials say that could soon change if the area doesn't get a significant amount of rain.
    Last edited by coldfront; 10-05-2008, 02:18 PM.
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    Forest Fire Expected To Double In Size

    Forest Fire Expected To Double In Size

    Posted: Oct 5, 2008 06:56 PM EDT

    Updated: Oct 7, 2008 06:08 AM EDT



    Crews Battle Fire In Part Of Red River Gorge
    Crews Continue To Fight Fire In Daniel Boone National Forest

    Forestry officials say it's the biggest fire at the Daniel Boone National Forest they've seen in years. Now a burn ban is in effect as 55 firefighters work to battle a fire expected to double in size before it's out.

    It started Friday from a campfire that was not put out in a section of the Red River Gorge in Wolfe County. The fire is expected to grow to about 600 acre, right now it stands at 300 acres. Even though rain is expected in the area this week, forestry officials say it may not be enough to stop the fire.

    The fire is so big, people in Lexington have reported smelling smoke. All open fires have been banned in the Daniel Boone National Forest. Only campfires lit in forest service constructed fire pits are allowed.
    Last edited by coldfront; 10-07-2008, 10:30 AM.
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