By TONIA SEXTON and KIM HAMILTON
Monday, March 6, 2006 5:17 PM EST
The forest fire season is off to a blazing start with 326 fires reported in the past week across eastern Kentucky that have burned over 10,000 acres of land.
Due to the number of fires, some counties such as Rowan and Carter have posted "no burning" orders.
Rowan County Judge-executive Clyde Thomas issued a burning ban in Rowan County Saturday evening at 5 p.m. He said the ordinance would remain in effect until there is a significant amount of rain.
"What I mean by significant is that we will need at least a couple of inches of rain within a couple of days before there can be any burning," Thomas said Monday. "People need to call and make certain the ban has been lifted before they attempt any burning." Thomas said people caught burning during the no-burning order could face potential fines.
According to Darrell Glover, Farmers Fire Department chief, a rash of fires began Thursday in Rowan County with a woodland fire at Rice Road.
"We estimated that between 30 and 35 acres of forest burned on Rice Road," Glover said Monday. "There was a downed power line. When I got there, the power company was already on the scene."
Glover said crews were at Rice Road for about five hours, from 5-10 p.m. He added that at least 44 personnel responded from Farmers, Morehead, Route 377 and Haldeman- Hayes Crossing fire departments.
"It was difficult to fight the fire in the high winds we were facing," Glover said. "Gusts were up to 30 miles per hour - and the fire actually jumped the road and took off - it was terrible."
Glover said it is dangerous to send firefighters into a woodland fire before getting a good assessment on the situation.
"We had to wait before we put anybody in the woods, so initially, we put the manpower on saving a house nearby. Then forestry came with bulldozers," he said.
When state division of forestry firefighters left the Rice Road scene, Glover said they went on to a 200-acre fire in Morgan County.
Firefighters responded to at least four more fires over the course of the weekend in Rowan County.
On Saturday, there were fires at Bull Fork, Pine Hills and near Morehead off of Flemingsburg Road and on Sunday, a fire broke out on KY 801 near Lockegee, Glover said.
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03-08-2006, 02:35 PM #1
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Burning Ban Issued Across Kentucky
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Kentucky March 2006 Fire Activity per County!
Counties with fire activity during the reporting period:
COUNTIES WITH OUTDOOR BURNING BANS
Please check with your local officials and the Kentucky Division for Air Quality before conducting any outdoor burning.
Fires reported from the U.S. Forest Service Daniel Boone National Forest
Number of Fires in 2006: 24 Acres Burned in 2006: 1,117
Number of Days Since Rain: Light rain fell in most areas of the state Sunday night and early Monday. The rain temporarily reduced fire activity on Monday. Activity is expected to rise again on Tuesday when dry conditions return.
Situation Summary: The fire danger was low on Monday due to very light rain and higher humidity. Fire activity is expected to increase again on Tuesday when dry conditions return. Fifty-one Kentucky National Guard (KNG) members arrived in Prestonsburg on Monday and received training and will be assisting firefighters on Tuesday. The Division of Forestry has mobilized all available firefighters from the western and central Kentucky districts to assist with the fires in eastern Kentucky. Twenty-seven counties have issued outdoor burning bans.
Outlook: The fire danger is expected to remain low through Monday night but rise again on Tuesday. A chance of showers and thunderstorms is forecast for Wednesday and Thursday. If showers and thunderstorms occur, fire activity will be greatly reduced.Always a day late and a dollar short!
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