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Most of Kentucky's 1,171 Wildfires Were Arson, Officials Say

The spring forest fire hazard season in Kentucky has officially ended, with 1,171 wildfires burning more than 35,613 acres since the beginning of the year. Most were due to arson, according to the state forestry officials.

In fact, more than 60 percent of wildfires in Kentucky in the last five years have been intentionally set.

Citizens who have information or witnessed suspected arson activity are asked to call the nearest Kentucky Division of Forestry office, Kentucky State Police post or the Target Arson Hotline at 1-800-27-ARSON.

Outdoor burning can also lead to wildfires. Before conducting outdoor burning, citizens are advised to be familiar with the applicable regulations. Citizens should contact the Division for Air Quality, the Division of Waste Management, as well as the Division of Forestry and local fire departments to ensure that they are complying with all outdoor burning laws. Wildfires are less likely during the summer months but can still occur if conditions are dry.

For more information about fire hazard seasons, outdoor burning laws and safe burning practices, visit the Division of Forestry’s website at www.forestry.ky.gov.

From Kentucky Division of Forestry via KY Forward