KDF: Bloodhounds ready for fall forest fire hazard season

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Fire, Flames

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Kentucky Division of Forestry says arson investigating bloodhounds will be put to use in catching arsonists as the fall wildfire season approaches.

Fall wildfire season runs from October 1 to December 15.   During the wildfire hazard season outdoor burning is prohibited from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. in or within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland.

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Bloodhounds trained to investigate arson cases will be available for the second year. Through a partnership with the Bell County Forestry Camp, multiple bloodhounds and handlers are now available to assist KDF with wildfire arson investigation.  The Division of Forestry will also partner with the Kentucky State Police (KSP), using KSP arson investigators to assist in investigation, interviewing and arrest of arsonists.

Kentucky has an arson hotline so citizens can call to report arson. Information regarding arson or suspected arsonists should be reported by calling the Target Arson Hotline at 1-800-27-ARSON. Notifiers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 if the information provided leads to the arrest and indictment of an arsonist.

For questions about local restrictions regarding burning, call the local fire department and the Division for Air Quality at 502-564-3999.