Grass Fire Burns Dozens Of Acres In Christian Co., Kentucky
CHRISTIAN COUNTY, Ky. - Dozens of acres of farmland have been scorched by grass fire in Christian County, Kentucky, near the Tennessee border.
Officials with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said that the fire began just before 1 p.m. Thursday on the east side of the Pennyrile Parkway near Hopkinsville. The roadway was closed in both directions while crews tried to put out the blaze.
Large amounts of smoke from the fire created a visibility problem for many drivers in the area. Heavy smoke drifting onto the highway caused officials to detour traffic for about 7 miles onto U.S. 41.
A Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman said the flames spread over about 500 acres as firefighters had to first save several homes that were threatened.
Jim Cavanah said about 40 acres of his farm burned, and the fire got dangerously close to his house. He slept in his truck overnight.
"It probably got within 15- 20 feet of the house," said Cavanah.
No injuries were reported, but temperatures near 100 degrees caused concern for firefighters' safety.
Nine fire departments were called to fight the fire including the City of Hopkinsville and eight volunteer fire departments. Inmates from the County Jail were also brought out to assist fighting the blaze.
As of Friday morning, the fire was contained but firefighters continued to battle hot spots.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet personnel have assisted firefighters by bringing in equipment to help widen roads to allow fire equipment to access remote areas.
Pennyrile Parkway was closed due to residual smoke, but re-opened around 3 a.m.
(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)