Alleged intentional burning causes brush fire

Amelia Holliday Staff Reporter aholliday@civitasmedia.com

May 5, 2014

GRAPEVINE—A fire that burned nearly 40 acres of hillside in the Grapevine community of Perry County Monday afternoon may have been started by an intentional brush fire that got out of control.

Officials with the Grapevine/Chavies Volunteer Fire Department along with Hazard Fire Department Unit 2 crews worked tirelessly to contain a blaze that was called in just before 2 p.m. on Monday. Volunteers on the scene said the fire began when a resident of the area tried to burn brush earlier in the day, and due to low humidity levels and high wind gusts the flames got out of control.

Kristy Whitaker, with the Kentucky Division of Forestry, said the fire, which was determined to be a debris fire, is currently under investigation to find the exact cause.

Whitaker said before the fire was completely controlled on Monday more than 35 acres had burned, though no structures were damaged in the blaze. She added that even though forest fire season is over, that does not mean the danger of fires is gone.

“Even though fire season’s over it’s still really dry, so there’s still a danger to burn brush,” Whitaker said. “Common sense would tell you when the wind’s blowing 10 to 15 miles per hour it’s probably not a good idea to burn brush.”

Amelia Holliday can be reached at 606-436-5771, or on Twitter @HazardHerald.