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All hands on deck to battle forest fires

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Posted at 6:35 PM, Oct 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-04 20:12:21-04

WOLFE COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Burn bans all across the state of Kentucky have not prevented forest fires.

Right now, five are burning at the Daniel Boone National Forest. Ludie Bond, the public information officer for the Forest, says four of them were caused by humans.

Firefighters from across the country are keeping an eye on these fires, and some of those firefighters are students from the Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center.

That's why Adrian Jackson and Marquise Moore are here.

They're students at the Pine Knot Job Corps Center.

'It's actually a program that actually gives people a chance, as he (Moore) said, to jumpstart a career that you really would like to learn a trade," said Jackson.

"Besides the hard work and the heat, I love this," said Moore.

Both plan to continue firefighting after graduation. But right now, they're trying to put these fires out, and prevent others from sparking by using tools, their own water, and the natural elements around them.

Bond says most are started when campers don't properly extinguish a campfire.

"You think that your fire is completely out because you don't see any smoke. And then in the next day or two, the sun comes out, winds pick up, your fire fans up, and off you go," said Bond.

She says campers need to follow restrictions, and to remember this simple process.

"Water, dirt, mix and stir. Repeat the process. Water, dirt, mix and stir," said Bond.

Then feel the spot to make sure it's cold.

Easy steps to ensure this forest stays intact through this dry autumn.

Click here to see a list of Kentucky Counties under burn bans.