The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC), located at Boone Center in Frankfort, KY, has been activated in response to numerous wildfires across the Commonwealth. Drought conditions continue to worsen, as long range forecasts do not indicate the potential for precipitation sufficient to lessen fire threats.
Officials from Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM), and other state, federal and volunteer agencies, along with representatives from the private sector, are operating within the EOC and providing resources and support as requested.
The Kentucky Division of Forestry has responded to nearly 40 wildfires across the Commonwealth, with the largest fires located in Harlan, Pike, Letcher, Knox, and Bell counties. In addition to the Division of Forestry, firefighting efforts are being conducted by the Kentucky National Guard, local fire departments, and volunteer firefighters from across Kentucky. No serious injuries, deaths, evacuations, or threats to residences have been reported at this time.