Weather Causing More Brush Fires

By: Ryan Dearbone
By: Ryan Dearbone

Justin Watt, Executive Director of the Smiths Grove branch of the Kentucky Division of Forestry says so far this year Kentucky has had 342 brush fires for a total of a little over 7000 acres burnt.

The unseasonably warm temperatures and changing conditions seem to be the culprit for these blazes.

"We have a lot more brush fires anytime you have drier conditions, windy conditions."

This past weekend alone...there were 92 brush fires reported throughout the state.

So far the number of brush fires has increased in Kentucky over the past couple of years.

"Last fall and this spring, we have had a little bit increase in fire activity. The past two or three years has been slower for us. But the past 2 fire seasons, we have seen fire activity pickup quite a bit."

With the weather being less than ideal for controlled fires, the Kentucky Division of Forestry wants area residents to obstain from lighting up debris...at least for now.

"A lot of times when your relative humidity drops like it did yesterday, you mix that with high winds and you have a lot more fires. A lot of people thinks they can burn some debris, a brush pile and it ends up getting away from them."


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