Firefighters battle a wildfire in the Wayne

Firefighters battle a wildfire in the Wayne

By: Théo Peck-Suzuki | Report for America

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IRONTON, Ohio (WOUB/Report for America) — The Kimble Complex Fire is burning on 1,300 acres in the Ironton Ranger District of Wayne National Forest.

[U.S. Forest Service]

The US Forest Service has urged the public to stay away from the area as firefighters work to control the situation.

Zack Frank of the Wayne National Forest said low humidity and unusually warm weather have greatly increased the risk of wildfires.

“It’s particularly dry,” he explains. “It’s kind of a perfect wildfire scenario.”

Notable fires are also burning in West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee due to drought and high temperatures.

Firefighters are hoping the rainfall forecast for Friday will create an opportunity to put out the flames.

For now, residents should stay away from the area and not try to investigate on their own.

“It’s a lot easier for us to deal with the situation on the ground if we don’t also deal with the traffic,” Frank said.

He said firefighters don’t expect the fire to reach major residential areas, but the Forest Service is ready if things get worse.

Concerned residents can find updates on the fire on the Wayne National Forest Facebook page.

No information is currently available on how the fire could have started. The Forest Service plans to conduct an investigation once the fire is under control.

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