HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - The recent dry weather is leading to concerns about an early fall forest fire season.
Jake Hall, branch manager at the Hazard Division of Forestry, says August and September are normally not months you think about when it comes to forest fires.
“Since August we have responded to six fires already with the seventh just called in a few minutes ago.”
With little rainfall recently this issue is on the minds of many.
"Anytime we are in a dryer trend like this we see increased fire activity across the area. Usually, it is an increase in the number of fires that we have and sometimes the intensity as well," said Hall.
Hall says emergency firefighters usually only work October thru December.
"It does kind of reduce our numbers and who we have available to assist on these fires,” said Hall. "You know its a lot more strenuous activity in the heat like this than it is opposed to our cooler temperatures in the Fall. That affects our tactics."
There is one thing Hall says to do if you find yourself near a similar situation.
"The best thing to do is just to contact 911 and dispatch will contact us and we will be able to get someone out there immediately to assist."
October 1st thru December 15th is designated forest fire season.
A ban during that time will go into effect prohibiting burning between 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. within 150 feet of the woodlands.