April 17, 2014

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Residents beware fall forest fire season began October 1

Citizens reminded to take precaution, adhere to outdoor burning laws

The Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF) is once again preparing for an active wildfire season as lack of rain this summer and  increased fuel loads from spring storms could pose problems for fighting fires.

“Despite recent rainfalls, most of Kentucky is still very dry, especially the western part of the state,” said Leah MacSwords, director of KDF.  “In addition to the drought, the spring tornadoes have left many of our woodlands damaged.  The accumulation of storm-damaged trees and limbs not only create additional ‘fuel’ for wildland fire, it increases the danger to our firefighters.”