A fire ban was issued Friday for the Cumberland Ranger District of the Daniel Boone National Forest, including the Red River Gorge Geological Area, Clifty Wilderness and general forest area of Cave Run Lake.
Another order issued Friday by Forest Supervisor Frank Beum closed nearly 12 miles of trail in the Red River Gorge because of wildfires and concern for public safety.
"The fire ban is a result of extremely dry weather conditions in the northern half of the national forest," Beum said in a news release. "The leaf litter and wood debris on the forest ground are exceptionally dry."
Under the fire ban, no campfires are permitted outside of developed recreation areas. In developed recreation areas, campfires must be monitored at all times. The fire must be contained within the designated fire rings.
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Forest visitors on the Cumberland Ranger District will be allowed to use lanterns and portable stoves for cooking if camping outside a developed recreation area. Charcoal grills and fireworks are prohibited.
Two wildfires are currently burning near the Grays Arch area in the Red River Gorge. Each is a result of an escaped campfire. One fire is expected to burn up to 400 acres before it can be contained.
The closed trail sections include Grays Arch, Rush Ridge, part of Rough Trail and the Pinch-Em Tight section of the Sheltowee Trace. The trails will reopen for pubic use once the wildfires are contained and fully extinguished.
The fire ban will remain in place until further notice. For more information go to www.fs.fed.us/r8/boone.