Smoke and haze from nearby fires fill local skies

Smoke from nearby wildfires enveloped skies over Russell County and surrounding areas earlier this week, according to officials.

A wildfire burning in a remote area of Rockcastle County led to the hazy conditions.

Mount Vernon Fire Department Chief David Bales told multiple statewide media outlets that the Rockcastle fire has been burning for several days in the Sand Hill Cut Gap area of the county. The area burned now occupies over 1,200 acres. A large wildfire has also been burning in Estill County in central Kentucky.

Federal forestry fire officials are on the scene and attribute dry conditions to the cause of the fires, but there have been no reported injuries at this time.