A brush fire on Thursday burned 50 acres in McKenzie Hollow in the Sunshine area of Harlan. Sunshine Volunteer Fire Department (SVFD) and the Kentucky Division of Forestry responded to the scene.
“When we arrived on the scene approximately 2 acres were burning,” said SVFD Fire Chief Steven Hatfield. “We sprayed the bottom part of the fire down to keep it from getting to the houses in McKenzie Hollow. When the Division of Forestry arrived we turned it completely over to them. We were there approximately two hours.”
Kentucky Division of Forestry Regional Ranger Herman Slone, of Hazard, who also responded to the fire, said they received a call at 3:46 p.m. and arrived on the scene at 4:35 p.m.
“We had the Harlan, Bell and Knox counties (hand) crews, along with the Harlan, Bell and Knox counties dozier crews out there fighting the fire. When we left at about 10 p.m. Thursday night approximately 50 acres had burned,” said Slone. “We didn’t get the lines completed due to the weather. This fire was especially dangerous with the high winds we experienced on Thursday. It fueled the fire.”
Slone said just because it’s cold weather doesn’t mean there can’t be brush fires. He said during the cold weather the humidity is down and fires will catch faster.
“Crews were back out on Friday morning checking the lines to see if the fire was completely extinguished,” said Slone. “The fire is still under investigation.”
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