Wildfire burns near homes in Perry County

Published: Sep. 16, 2019 at 8:04 AM EDT
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A wildfire in Perry County started around 11 p.m. Sunday night and is still burning Monday morning.

Vicco Sassafras Fire Rescue responded until the Division of Forestry took over.

"We had the tanker out last night, we dumped probably 3,000 gallons of water last night," said Michael Conley, the assistant chief at the Vicco-Sassafras Fire-Rescue. "We've dumped probably 2,000 gallons of water just around this one house"

At one point, the fire came close to one home.

Officials worked to wet down the kudzu near a home as the fire came within roughly 40 feet of the home.

"When it gets into Kudzu it's really hard to do anything with. You about need forestry and dozers. You know to cut a path and cut it off, once it gets under it you can't to it. you just gotta let it burn to the top and then just try to put it out as it goes," said Conley.

The truck crews were using to put out the fire had to be filled up three times.

Fire crews say they expect to see more wildfires with another dry week ahead.

"They've had several forest fires the last past days and yeah, it's going to be an ongoing problem," he added.

Forest fire in Happy right off of KY-15 in Perry County this morning. The Vicco-Sassafras Fire-Rescue has been working to stop the flames from coming close to a couple houses.

Posted by Connor James WYMT on Monday, September 16, 2019

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