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Crews fight several fires across central, eastern Kentucky

Crews fight several fires across central, eastern Kentucky
Published: Feb. 16, 2022 at 11:41 AM EST
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KENTUCKY (WKYT) - A forest fire in Rockcastle County is now contained after high winds sparked a short in power lines and started a fire that burned more than 50 acres.

It took crews nearly seven hours to fight the flames. It’s just one of several forest fires reported across central and eastern Kentucky on Wednesday.

Acres of woods are now charred after winds fanned flames and filled the air with smoke.

High winds, dry ground and just one spark came together as the perfect ingredients that fire fighters had to work quick to knock out.

“The busiest time of year is when it’s low humidity and it’s real windy,” said Michael Froelich with the Kentucky Division of Forestry.

The fire comes a day after the spring fire season started in Kentucky and shows just how fast a spark can get out of control.

In Montgomery County firefighters said a fire in the Jeffersonville area burned seven acres and was started by someone burning trash.

In Johnson County, a burn ban is in effect until Friday after several fires were reported across the area.

More than 250 acres have burned in Inez.

“The flame lengths go from short little flame lengths to three, to six, to eight-foot-tall flame lengths with high winds. With that, it carries the radiation heat from the fire and dries out the fuels in front of it, and causes the burning to go a lot faster,” Froelich said.

WKYT was the only station to get access as firefighters rushed to knock down and using machinery to clear fire lines in Rockcastle County.

“You got to take precautions on when you burn and don’t burn. So, like today would not be a good day to burn because of the high winds,” Froelich said.

The spring fire season runs until the end of April, when it’s illegal to burn between the hours of 6:00 in the morning and 6:00 at night within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland areas.

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