Wildfires now blazing in West Point, Ky., possibly sparked by fires burning at Ft. Knox

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by Mike Colombo

WHAS11.com

Posted on October 24, 2010 at 12:40 AM

WHAS11 News is following a developing story out of Hardin County.  Firefighters spent several hours on Saturday trying to contain a wildfire.
 

While it’s still too early to tell, West Point fire chief Jeff Wright thinks the fire in the Fort Duffield Civil War Park may have been sparked by a jump-over from the fire that’s been burning in the Fort Knox reservation.
 

The WHAS11 crew walked up a hill inside the park to get a closer look at the now-controlled flames and saw firsthand the damage the fire caused.  The blaze was so hot, it did something no one working the fire said they had ever seen before; melted a portion of one man’s helmet.
 

“If the wind doesn’t get back up and we maybe get some rain, maybe tomorrow afternoon, we may be in good shape.  It will be a short night for a lot of us, because we’ll be back up in the morning monitoring things,” said Chief Wright.
 

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