Drought May Bring Bad Fires to the State

Forest fire season is now officially underway, but it's already been a bad year across the Commonwealth.

There's been more than 1,000 fires in Kentucky since January with most of those started by arsonists.

Thanks to the drought and low humidity, firefighters say the next few months will probably bring some of the worst fires we've seen in years.

"All of the data we're getting from out West is that the weather projections are dry all through the fall and we're already way behind on rainfall, so it's going to take a while to put some moisture in the woods," explained Brian Yager, with the Ky. Division of Forestry.

Forest rangers say most firefighters can expect to work 16 hour days and many weekends, fighting fires through the middle of December.


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