With milder weather here, Kentucky fire officials are preparing to deal with wildfires.
The National Weather Service says parts of the commonwealth are short of rainfall, with conditions ranging from abnormally dry to some western counties listed in severe drought status.
Forest Ranger Bart Wagner told WYMT-TV in Hazard that having wildfires this early in the season is uncommon. The spring fire season began Tuesday.
District Ranger Ricky Boggs said winds are picking up and the humidity is dropping earlier than usual and those factors set up the potential for fires.
Officials remind residents that any brush burning must be done at least 150 feet from wooded areas.
Tips on arson can be phoned to 1- 800- 27-ARSON.