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Apr 5, 2013 4:31 PM

Division Of Forestry Worried About Wildfires As Weather Improves

Believe it or not, there is a group of people who cringe at the sight of sunny skies with no real rain in the forecast. At this time of year, the scenario makes officials at the Division of Forestry very nervous.

After months of cold and snow, it's the type of weekend forecast most Kentuckians have been waiting for. The skies are clear, the mercury is rising, and for now, everyone is happy. But the Division of Forestry wants to be proactive about one concern - wildfires.

Conditions this weekend will be right for wildfires. Enjoy the weather, but keep in mind the warmer weather and wind will dry things out quickly.

The Division of Forestry had 19 working fires Thursday, but most were put out thanks to some rain in the eastern part of the state. To keep that number down, officials are urging extra caution when using fire pits, burning leaves, brush piles or starting camp fires.

Currently, we are in the official spring fire season, which means it's illegal to do outdoor burning within 150-feet of the woods from 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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