Leaf Blower Attacking Grass Fire Kentucky
Feb. 15, 2013 — What began as debris burning on Tuesday soon became a blaze that destroyed five acres of woodlands and an acre of grassland on Pond Lick Road.
Route 377 Volunteer Fire Department and the Kentucky Division of Forestry responded to the blaze.
“In addition to the land damage, the landowner that was burning brush and other debris sustained damage to a vehicle and utility trailer. There were three structures at immediate risk but we acted quickly and were able to protect them from the flames.”
The fire was contained at about 7:30 p.m.
“We extinguished the fire in the field and the Division of Forestry used a dozer to build a containment line around the woodland,” said Blevins. “It was still smoldering when we left the residence and the forestry crew continued to monitor it until it was completely out.”
Blevins said the spring fire season is near. He urges residents to be cautious when burning outdoors because it doesn’t take much to ignite leaves and grasses on dry and warm days.
“Fire season officially starts Friday, Feb. 15, and runs through April 30 and there will be restrictions to stop incidents like this one. It is very important that people be vigilant with any open fire,” said Blevins.
During the spring fire season it is illegal to burn within 150 feet of any forest land between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Shayla Menville can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 784-4116.