Heavy, wet snow in the winter helps cut down on spring brush fires.
Unfortunately, most of our local snow came down when it was extremely cold...so it was dry and flaky. That's why firefighters are starting to get busy now.
Like far too many brushfires, the East Fork V.F.D. and the Kentucky Division of Forestry believe one this week in Boyd County was arson. In fact, it was the second one in the same area on the same day. Fifteen acres went up.
Firefighters say even when a brushfire's not intentionally set, carelessness often is to blame.
One firefighter we spoke to says right now -- even if your local laws permit burning at certain times -- it's probably a good idea to hold off.