White Plains_Fire_Dec_2012_cover_2WHITE PLAINS, KY (12/4/12) – Yesterday, December 3rd, 2012, SurfKY News reported on a large brush fire that burned through rural parts of Hopkins County just south of White Plains (click here for original article with pictures).

SurfKY News caught up with Lieutenant Jeff Crick of White Plains Fire Department just east of Whitfield Cemetery, from where Command was coordinating containment efforts, at about 5:00 PM yesterday evening. Tall flames could still be seen burning in all directions.

He said that the cause of the fire was undetermined. “Based on the burn, we think it started about a quarter mile west of Gray’s Branch Road … It could have been a cigarette thrown out. There was a lot of wind-driven fire early-on. It pushed [the fire] from Red Hill Road across to the north.”

Firefighters flanked the blaze on the north side, putting in fire breaks and protecting tree lines and one structure in their containment efforts. As of 5:00 PM, Crick was comfortable that the fire, while still burning in multiple locations, was reasonably under control within their perimeter due to back-burning and calming winds.

“It looks like a lot of fire, but we’ve got trucks out there, UTVs, and the Division of Forestry out there controlling it,” he said.

White Plains was assisted by South Hopkins, St. Charles, and Morton’s Gap Fire Departments. The American Red Cross was also on-scene providing food and drinks to firefighters, who responded at approximately 1:30 yesterday afternoon.

At 8:00 PM yesterday evening, Crick said that the Kentucky Division of Forestry provided him with a final estimate that approximately 294 acres had been burned.

Firefighters monitored the scene through the evening, and Forestry returned to check this morning for remaining hot spots.

White Plains_Fire_Dec_2012_9_1Casey Piscitelli
SurfKY News

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