Division of Forestry is reminding Kentuckians that it is spring forest fire hazard season
Kentucky Press News Service
Frankfort – The Division of Forestry is reminding Kentuckians that it is spring forest fire hazard season.
Since March 16, the division has battled more than 98 forest fires, damaging more than 1,320 acres. This week’s weather forecast is cause for concern.
“The forecast for warmer, dryer weather this week has the division concerned about the potential for an additional increase in forest fires,” Leah W. MacSwords, Kentucky’s state forester, said in a statement.
Arson is the cause of the majority of the forest fires in Kentucky, and the division actively investigates the cause of any wildfire.
Through a partnership with the Bell County Forestry Camp, multiple bloodhounds and handlers are now available to assist KDF with arson investigations. But along with arson, many fires are caused by people burning debris (trash, leaves, yard waste, etc.) and not taking precautions.
State law prohibits burning in or within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland, except between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Residents who cause a fire to spread may be held liable for fire suppression costs incurred by the state and county and for damage to property resulting from such fires.
Reporting any unusual activity to local law enforcement can help put a stop to wildfires. For questions about local restrictions regarding burning, call the local fire department and the Division for Air Quality at 502-564-3999.
For more information about fire hazard seasons, outdoor burning laws and safe burning practices, contact the Kentucky Division of Forestry at 1-800-866-0555 or visit the division’s web site at http://forestry.ky.gov.
Not Lawrence County, but close to it. Kind of interesting though…
A fire in the Flat Gap area of Johnson County consumed approximately 350 acres of land Tuesday evening. Area residents say they think the fire was caused due to high winds which caused electrical lines to touch and spark. Though officials say high winds made it difficult, the flames were able to be controlled. Responding was the Forestry Department and local fire departments.