Wildfire along Pennyrile burns broad area

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A wildfire along a Kentucky parkway near the Tennessee border caused a detour and burned a broad area.

The fire began Thursday on the east side of the Pennyrile Parkway near Hopkinsville. 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 home that were threatened.

No injuries were reported, but temperatures near 100 degrees caused concern for firefighters' safety.

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