Fiscal Court discusses Fort Campbell fires
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
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The fires near Fort Campbell that took place the weekend before Halloween and the no burn order that was issued Friday were discussed when Trigg County’s Fiscal Court met Monday evening.

Trigg County Judge Executive Stan Humphries said he has spoken to officials at Fort Campbell about a series of field and brush fires that jumped fire breaks on Saturday, Oct. 23, and burned more than 60 acres of land and threatened homes in Roaring Springs and homes along Ky. 164.

Humphries said at the meeting that he told Fort Campbell Garrison Commander Colonel Perry Clark and his staff that the community that surrounds Fort Campbell was mislead about the status of the fires.

“We discussed where some things may have gone wrong and whether or not (people) were properly notified,” Humphries said. “We are making every effort to correct that.”

Humphries said he was told that Fort Campbell will respond differently next time, and he added that the Judge Advocate General from Fort Campbell wants to hear from any property owners who suffered damage from those fires.

“I want to thank all the volunteer fire departments that responded to that effort,” said Humphries.

The judge executive also talked about the no-burn order he issued on Friday. He said that because of the low humidity, high winds and lack of rain, burns are prohibited in Trigg County until further notice.

Despite some recent rain, Trigg County is still one of 50 counties in Kentucky currently in a Level 2 drought.

A Level 1 drought indicates that the state has officially designated a prolonged dry period as a drought. Soil moisture, vegetative health and low fire fuel moisture are primarily affected. Designated areas may experience serious impacts to agricultural water needs, an increased wildfire risk and other water-sensitive sectors.

A Level 2 drought indicates that severe impacts can be expected in the designated regions. Impacts can include an increased number and intensity of wildfires, significant damage to agricultural interests, water supply shortages and severe stress on other water-sensitive sectors.

The fiscal court also unanimously voted to pay its monthly bills. Notable bills include $14,631 to Marathon Petroleum, $7,032 to Key Oil, $7,000 to election officers, $4,620 to Bruce Green Construction for curb work at the new senior center and $1,169 to Coleman’s Shoes for shoes for road department workers.

Humphries also said the One Call system was used during the tornado warning on last Tuesday morning and that many people called to say that the system worked well. On the other hand, Magistrate Donnie Tyler said that in his district, the first call went out after the warning expired.

Humphries also made some announcements during his comments. The Chamber of Commerce Dinner will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday at Lake Barkley State Resort Park. There will be an emergency management meeting Friday at 9 a.m. at the Rescue building, where the previously mentioned fires and the response will be discussed. And from 5 – 7 p.m. next Tuesday, there will be an open house for the Fresenius dialysis clinic.

And during the public comments portion of the meeting, Ken Culwell of Grow Trigg wished all the candidates good luck on Election Day.

Dr. Stuart Foster, State Climatologist for the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, contributed to this story.
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