Weekend Wildfire Burns in Dry LBL
By WestKyStar Staff
LAND BETWEEN THE LAKES - The US Forestry Service says a Saturday wildfire at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area lingered into Sunday before it was contained.
LBL Forest Service spokesperson Jan Bush said firefighters remained on patrol Sunday to monitor for any embers that might spread, but the main blaze had been extinguished.
Officials believe the fire began Saturday in the Nickell Branch area when a hay cutter hit a rock, and the flames spread quickly due to dry conditions.
About 35 firefighters from communities including Lyon County, Burna, Ledbetter and Grand Lakes helped US Forestry Service crews fight the blaze that burned about 250 acres.
Smoke plumes could be seen from miles away, and drew many curiosity seekers to the scene, both on land and by boat.
Monday saw some welcome rains fall across much of western Kentucky, including the lakes area.