2:38 am
Thu February 19, 2009

Fire Season Complicated by Debris

Murray, KY – Though current wintry weather might suggest otherwise, Kentucky's spring fire season has begun and the Division of Foresty expects this one to be difficult. Division spokeswoman Dianna Olszowy (ol-CHEVY) says debris strewn along the ground and tangled in tree limbs will only complicate firefighting.

"Well since there's been so much ice storm debris as well as the windstorm that followed after that, there's going to be a considerable amount of woody debris on the forest floor, which basically adds to the fuel nodes more to burn, and it will be difficult to control."

Olszowy says clearing debris in western Kentucky is a priority, as 90 percent of our region's forest canopies were damaged by high winds and ice.