WOLFE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT/WKYT) – Updated, Wednesday
A wildfire that closed part of the Red River Gorge for several days is now contained.
Sister station WKYT reports the thousand-acre area around the Wildcat and Swift Creek Camp trails is closed.
Original Story, Monday
A section of the Red River Gorge was engulfed in flames during the weekend, causing officials to close off part of the gorge to the public.
Sister station WKYT reports that officials discovered the fire in Wolfe County Saturday. They said it has now burned nearly 20 acres of land in the Wildcat Trail area.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation at this time, but investigators said campfires are the typical reason for fires like this.
"The majority of the fires, historically, in the Red River Gorge is escaped campfires. And there were certainly a lot of people out enjoying the forest this weekend, so that's probably a leading suspect of the cause of the fire. But, we don't know for sure,” said Gorge Manager Tim Eling.
Officials urge travelers to avoid the area and suggest being careful when dealing with campfires.
The spring forest fire season will continue through April.