Forest fires return to Eastern Kentucky

Published: Feb. 21, 2017 at 10:27 PM EST
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Firefighters had a busy start to the spring forest fire season, following one of the most treacherous fall forest fire seasons Eastern Kentucky has seen in years.

Many watched flames destroy hillsides along highways. David Baldridge, a father of two boys, was keeping an eye on a fire from Archer Park.

"On the drive over, we saw the fire and so we kinda dreaded it, wondered and hoped it wouldn't be too smokey so we could enjoy the park," said Baldridge.

Prestonsburg firefighters worked a handful of fires Tuesday. Chief Mike Brown said none of them were threatening homes.

"It's been more along the lines of hillsides and there has been some potential for some power lines and gas wells, gas lines," he said.

Baldridge said he has confidence in those who are fighting the fires. "I think fire departments are prepared for these things," he said. "They know this is the season for that."

Fire officials ask others to burn carefully, to keep themselves and others safe.

"Just take precautions," said Brown. "There's a lot of potential danger in fighting these forest fires."

During the forest fire season, you are allowed to burn between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., if you are at least 150 feet away from a wooded area.