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Owen County Volunteer Fire Department Chief Robb Chaney said all six fire departments protecting Owen County were represented during the grass and brush fire practice and training session Wednesday evening.
Chaney said 52 men and women participated in the exercise.
“We burned approximately 50 acres in about four hours,” Chaney said. “It was the first time that I know of all six fire departments being on a live training together and I’ve been a firefighter for 26 years.”
Chaney said the practice, which took place on a farm off New Liberty Road, went well and he hopes to see more training sessions in the future.
“Everyone expressed how good they thought it went,” Chaney said. “I’m new at being chief and I thought it was a good time for the practice. It builds morale among firefighters and shows that we’re respected among the community in what we do.”
The training came in handy Monday afternoon when high winds pushed a fire out of control at Elk Creek Winery.
Chaney said some fields on the Elk Creek property were intentionally being burned when the blaze got out of control.
Chaney said firefighters worked for three hours putting out the flames at the winery.
No buildings were damaged.
Chaney said the fire is being investigated.
Kentucky law designates Feb. 15 through April 30 as spring forest fire hazard season. During this time, it is illegal to burn anything within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland between the daylight hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Media correspondent with the Kentucky Division of Forestry Lynn True said a violation of the state’s spring forest fire hazard law could result in a fine of up to $500 or a prison sentence for no more than six months.