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Crews working to contain forest fire in Red River Gorge

Posted at 3:35 PM, Sep 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-30 15:35:16-04

(LEX 18) — Dry conditions have made outdoor burning at Red River Gorge prohibited. Unfortunately, one camper did not heed the warnings of the burn ban.

An escaped campfire caused a wildfire over the weekend at Sky Bridge. The area is closed as firefighters continue to work on containing the flames.

Highway 715 in the gorge remains open to public vehicles, but Forest Service Road #245 that leads to the Sky Bridge recreation area is closed.

The U.S. Forest Service wants to remind visitors that campfires are currently banned in the general forest area and in dispersed, non-developed recreation areas, such as the Red River Gorge. Campfires are allowed only in developed recreation areas of the Daniel Boone National Forest where metal/concrete fire rings or grills are installed by the Forest Service.