Forest Fires Burn More Than 5,000 Acres

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HAZARD, Ky. (AP) -- Forestry officials say that more than 5,000 acres have burned in eastern Kentucky so far this year.

WYMT-TV reports state officials say 653 acres were burned over the weekend in 44 different fires. Firefighters are still fighting blazes in Perry and Bell counties.

Officials say fires are burning harder and faster this winter because it's been so cold. They say the freeze pulled all the moisture out of the ground.

Many of the fires were caused when people burning brush allowed the blaze to escape. Others have been caused by arson.

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