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Red River Gorge campers cautioned to control campfires
« on: February 17, 2017, 11:51:35 PM »

POWELL CO., Ky. (WKYT) - With spring-like weather in the forecast for the weekend, many people likely will head to Red River Gorge to enjoy the outdoors.

But U.S. Forest Service leaders have a warning for them. With spring forest fire season underway, they want people to be careful with their campfires.

Cordell Taylor, Daniel Boone National Forest fire management officer with the U.S. Forest Service, said low humidity and strong wind gusts can quickly spark a fire out of control, especially when the leaf litter is as dry as it is right now.

Friday's fire danger risk was considered "Extreme." That was up from "Very High" on Thursday.

"What we're cautioning people to be cognizant about this weekend is if they are going to have a campfire, just make sure they put water on it and stir it and make sure it's all out," Taylor said.

Several campers Friday evening told WKYT's Garrett Wymer that they will take the same precautions they always do, including building a rock ring around their fire and clearing leaves away, so they can relax and have fun.

Popular trails - such as the one near Gray's Arch - were already busy Friday evening. Officials expected that to continue throughout the weekend.

"It's just so nice," said Tim Eling, Red River Gorge Manager for the U.S. Forest Service. "I think people are anxious to get out. It feels like spring."

Many gravel roads in the area had been gated for the past month or so because the soil was saturated. They reopened Friday because Forest Service officials said they had dried out enough.

Link: http://www.wkyt.com/content/news/Red-River-Gorge-campers-cautioned-to-control-campfires-414141563.html
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Re: Red River Gorge campers cautioned to control campfires
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2017, 09:08:07 AM »

All 120 Kentucky Counties now have a "no burning" ordinance in affect at this time.
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Re: Red River Gorge campers cautioned to control campfires
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2017, 10:01:55 AM »

I think this state wide burning ban is from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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