CUMBERLAND, Ky. (April 14, 2014) – A forest fire fanned by high winds Sunday forced the closure of Kingdom Come State Park in Harlan and Letcher counties.
About 50 Division of Forestry firefighters and local fire departments worked to contain the blaze, which started over the weekend outside the park. The fire covered an estimated 465 acres, with just less than half on state park property.
Park rangers and forestry officials closed the park Sunday morning because smoke was covering roads and trails throughout the park. The winds and hilly terrain caused the flames to jump over some fire lines.
Forestry officials set up an emergency command center at the park.
The park will reopen Tuesday. No buildings were damaged, but some park trails will be closed while they are inspected and cleared. Roads through the park will be open today.
Kingdom Come State Park near Cumberland offers hiking trails, mountain scenery, fishing, picnic areas, primitive campsites, mini-golf and pedal boats. Named after the popular Civil War novel, ‘The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come,’ by Kentucky author John Fox Jr., the park preserves 1,283 acres of unspoiled wilderness.
For more information on Kingdom Come and other Kentucky State Parks, visit parks.ky.gov.