Power Line Sparks 300 Acre Forest Fire
Posted: Apr 19, 2010
A fire continues to burn out of control in part of the Daniel Boone National Forest in the Farmers area of Rowan CountyKentucky. Crews from out of state have been called in to help.
Fire crews used planes carrying water to douse the fire from above. Officials say the wind blew a tree into a power line, sparking a fire that grew quickly and burned between 200 and 300 acres. The fire was far from houses or business, but the snapped power line cut electricity to two dozen homes and businesses, including the Scott Creek Marina.
The Twin Knobs campsite also saw about 100 campers leave when electricity went out there.
Friday, crews saw a bit of rain, but they say it could still be days before they have the fire under control.
(At least one out state hotshot crews along the local FMO staff.Farmers VFD is providing Structural Protection.The fire known as the claylick fire may grow to 1100 acres.Tanker 21 dropped on the fire today.Cherokee IHS are committed to the fire.)
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04-17-2010, 11:24 PM #1
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Last edited by coldfront; 04-17-2010 at 11:52 PM.Always a day late and a dollar short!
04-20-2010, 09:32 PM #2
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update CLAYLICK FIRE
April 20, 2010
Forest Service crews battle inferno
By Rob Ginter - Staff Writer
April 20, 2010 — U.S Forest officials are battling a blaze that had burned over 1,100 acres of the Shallow Flats area near Cave Run Lake in Rowan County Friday afternoon.
According to Daniel Boone National Forest (DBNF) officials, the fire started across from the Shallow Flats. It extended to the Cave Run Area of the DBNF at 1:40 p.m on Friday.
“It was hot and very dry and spreading fast,” DBNF Fire information officer Evelyn Morgan said. “We found out that a tree had fallen into a power line causing the fire. About 78 residences were out of power, the marina, and the campground area. We then began calling in resources and looking at the fire and how we were going to get a line around it to control it.”
The fire was growing rapidly on Friday as a result of near 48-mile-an-hour winds and a new front coming through according to the local weather center, Morgan said.
The crews came in and began to cut a line around the fire and dropped fire retardant from a P3 Orion vintage World War Two plane that came form Chattanooga, Tennessee, according to Morgan.
“The plane put down the retardant and we were able to hold the line,” Morgan said. “The rain really helped us on Friday night and we got more crews in and we got our lines set up.”
Contract crews came into the area from Oregon, New Mexico, and Tennessee to battle the blaze along side forest officials from the local district and Farmers Fire Department was on call to protect structures, Morgan said.
“The’re highly trained and we bring them in as needed,” Morgan said. “We had 70 firefighters working on the line of Sunday.”
As of yesterday, Morgan said the fire wasn’t classified as contained yet but things were looking good for the containment of the fire.
“I’ve been in the forest service for 20 years and it’s the biggest forest fire I’ve seen in the Morehead area,” Morgan said. “It’s going to be smoky for a few days with the humidity dropping again but we want to let people know that they’re safe and that we have a good ring around it.”
According to Morgan, the fire remains in the Daniel Boone National Forest and has not gone across any private lands.Always a day late and a dollar short!
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