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Fire still burning near Land of the Lakes recreation area

(Source: Jan Bush) (Source: Jan Bush)
(Source: Jan Bush) (Source: Jan Bush)

According to Land Between the Lakes Forestry Service in Lyon County, a field fire started burning and spread to the northern area of the LBL National Recreation Area on Saturday.

This is about a mile south of Grand Rivers, Kentucky in the Nickel Bay area.

Forest officials say a tractor mowing in the area hit a rock that sparked the blaze.

According to Lyon County Sheriff Dispatch, this spread to a forest fire.

According to Jan Bush, LBL Forest Service Communications Department Manager, there are still Fire crews on scene Sunday putting out hot spots, letting certain areas near the water burn, and saturating the ground as much as possible to eliminate any re igniting.

The East side Canal Loop Route is closed Sunday, along with the trails in the area.

Bush says this was no easy task for fire fighters as they had to backpack water and walk into the forest to put this fire out.

Five different crews from two counties fought this fire.

The Paducah American Red Cross helped out and supplied the fighters with food and water.

Bush is urging everyone in the area to be extremely careful due to the dry conditions they are having.

There is also a burn ban in effect for this area.

Forest officials say the blaze burned 300 acres. Crews are letting the fire burn out on it's own and say it is contained.

There were no visibility issues late Saturday afternoon on any roads.  But the Forestry Service out near the Canal Overpass directing traffic. 

According to Keith Todd with the Transportation Cabinet, there were State Police and U.S. Forestry Service personnel out on nearby roads directing traffic.

He says traffic is was little slow in around these areas on Saturday due to people looking at the fire.  Todd says the flames coming from the trees were impressive.

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