Wildfires prompt KY governor to declare state of emergency

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has declared a state of emergency in response to nearly 40 active wildfires across the state.

The Kentucky Division of Forestry reports 38 active fires throughout the state that have burned 3,800 acres. Five of those fires are in Harlan County alone. 

“My primary concern is safety. By declaring a state emergency we are providing emergency resources to proactively respond to local needs. I thank all of the officials working hard to keep people safe,” Bevin said in a statement. “As dry conditions remain throughout Kentucky, we urge all citizens to use extreme caution during outdoor activities and refrain from outdoor burning.”  

The executive order lets state agencies assist local governments with resources as they combat the wildfires. 

According to Kentucky state officials, no injuries, evacuations or house fires have been reported in association with the wildfires as of Thursday afternoon. 

(© 2016 WBIR)


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