Bevin declares state emergency in response to Eastern Ky. wildfires

11/03/2016 03:47 PM

Gov Matt Bevin declared a state emergency Thursday as wildfires grow in the eastern portion of Kentucky.

“My primary concern is safety,” Bevin said in a news release. “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.

“As dry conditions remain throughout Kentucky, we urge all citizens to use extreme caution during outdoor activities and refrain from outdoor burning.”

The Kentucky Division of Forestry is reporting 38 active fires through Kentucky. So far, the fires have burned 3,800 acres.

In Harlan County, officials are reporting five fires and they have requested air support for fire suppressant, according to a news release.

“Our crews have been fighting this battle for several days,” Harlan County Judge-Executive Dan Mosley said in a statement. “Their assistance will expedite our efforts.”

The State Emergency Operations Center has also been activated by EMA in support of the Kentucky Division of Forestry in an effort to provide updates on the fires progress across wild land.

“It is imperative that we support our first responders as they combat wildfires throughout the state,” Kentucky Emergency Management Director Michael Dossett said in a statement. “By virtue of the executive order, allied state agencies are now able to provide resources that are beyond local government capabilities.”

There are no reports of injuries, evacuations or house fires associated with the wild fires.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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