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Wildfire Risk for Wednesday

The forests are rendered a tinderbox in this hot April weather. Tony blogs about a rare Wildfire threat.

Red Flag Alert for Wednesday

The enclosed 'WILDFIRE" e-pix is courtesy of the digital lens of Josh Kingery taken off Kulp Road in Minford on Tuesday evening.

Near 90 degree heat accompanied the intense April sun (sunburn index high for kids off on spring break) on Tuesday and set the stage for a rash of new brush fires. With the afternoon humidity running in the 10% range, we have a rare western USA wildfire set up again on Wednesday.

In meteorological terms, a RED FLAG ALERT is the highest level of fire risk. Under these conditions, fires can spread rapidly and burn more intensely and flames can grow vertically to 50 feet or higher. Add it up and our foresters, many of whom spent their Easter Sunday in the forests fighting fires, are imploring us to put off any and all burning until soaking rains arrive.

These are the worst spring fire conditions in more than a decade. The last time the spring season was this active we were heading into a drought summer. That spring, we lost 2 fire fighters in Rowan County Kentucky in the rare wildfire conditions.

There is a NO BURN ORDINACE in effect as of 11pm Tuesday for these Southeast Kentucky Coalfield Counties: Floyd, Martin, Pike, Magoffin, Martin, Lawrence and Johnson...it is illegal to burn here PERIOD until further notice.


Oddly, Monday night's soaking downpours gave us just 12 hours of relief in our woodlands. With the forests not yet green, the 90 degree heat, gusty winds and intense sun dried the forest beds out in short order.

Fortunately, more soaking showers but this time with colder temperatures will arrive by Thursday and Friday.
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