What a difference a few weeks makes when it comes to the fall forest fire season. September found drought conditions in many sections of the Commonwealth and wildfires became a big concern. While October began with all the same signs, the atmosphere changed and rains dampened fire threats.
Kentucky Division of Forestry Fire Management Chief Brandon Howard said preparations were being made in early October to boost fire-fighting resources.
“We were talking to our partners in Winchester, Kentucky interagency coordination center, they had some aerial resources that they had pre-positioned and we were making plans to utilize those, helicopters if we needed them and so forth, so we were gearing up, but now we’ve been able to ramp down quite a bit,” said Howard.