Darren Doyle, story and photos
Firefighters were called back to Walnut Way, just off Laurel Ridge Road in the Cave Hollow Bay area Friday afternoon as a forest fire that began on Sunday once again rekindled. It was the sixth day in a row that the fire has continued burning.
Although contained to an approximate five-acre area, the steep incline of the hollow has made for near impossible access to much of the area.
Firefighters have dug out what is known as a "fire line" to help control the fire. It's where brush, trees, and anything can be fuel to a fire is cut down and dug to the dirt, leaving nothing that can burn. It looks like a dirt path that surrounds a fire.
"Conditions are just so dry right now," said Lincoln Fire Chief Steve Sanders. "We've got a fire line made all around the area, so all we can really do is hope that anything that rekindles can only go up to the fire line and burn out. Either that, or hope for a good rain."
Sanders also reminded everyone of the current burn ban that is in effect for all of Kentucky that began on October 15, 2016. The ban prohibits burning outdoors within 150 feet of woods or brush between the hours of 6am and 6pm. The ban will remain in effect until December 15, 2016.
"We'll come back and keep checking it everyday until we know it's completely out," Sanders said.