Due to the heightened fire danger with hot, dry weather forecasted for the coming days and no relief in sight, officials at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area just signed a temporary closure order banning open fires anywhere on the forest.
The temporary closure is effective immediately and will remain in effect until significant rainfall occurs.
Officials say fires contained in metal camp fire rings are still permissible and that visitors may also use contained camp stoves at their camp sites and are encouraged to check out the alerts and notices page on LBL’s official website at www.lbl.org.
Officials say the temporary closure was a result of the weather and the recent burn ban enacted in Trigg County.
Hopkinsville Police released additional information concerning the robbery that took place this morning at Western Hills Golf Course.
Police say the robbery took place just after 11 a.m. when three golfers that were playing on the 16th green were approached by three males that came out of a wooded area near the 16th green.
The victims told police that two of the three robbers were armed with hand guns and that two of the suspects stole two wallets before fleeing the scene on foot, back into the wooded area.
The robbers were wearing bandana type masks over their faces during the robbery.
Police say the first suspect is described as a black male, who stands about 5 foot 9 and weighs approximately 180 pounds and was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and black pants.
The second suspect is described as a hispanic male, who stands about 5 foot 7 and weighs approximately 200 pounds.
The third suspect is described as a black male, who stands about 5 foot 8 and weighs about 200 pounds and was last seen wearing a black shirt and pants.
Anyone with information are urged to contact the Crime Stoppers tips line at 887-TIPS.
Three golfers were reportedly robbed at gunpoint at Western Hills Golf Course this morning.
Initial reports indicate three men wearing some type of mask held up three golfers just after 11:30 this morning. It’s not immediately clear what exactly was taken from the golfers, but a cell phone is believed to be among the items stolen.
The golfers went uninjured and Hopkinsville Police were using a K-9 unit in an attempt to track down the men responsible. We’ll have more details on this incident as they become available.
A Heat Advisory remains in effect through at least Sunday and those who must be outside are urged to use extreme caution in the record-breaking temperatures.
Hopkinsville Fire Department Captain Elmer Greene says the best bet is to stay out of the heat as much as possible.
You can get overheated faster than you might think and that’s why it’s important to make an effort to avoid the direct sun as much as possible.
Residents should take frequent breaks in a shady area if working outdoors or go inside an air conditioned building to rest often if possible. The National Weather Service forecasts the high temperatures to top out over 100 every day for the foreseeable future, so the Heat Advisory will likely be extended.
The heat can be particularly oppressive on the elderly and a local organization is offering to check on older loved ones in the north part of Christian County.
Christian County Community Emergency Response Teams coordinator Bill Thielen says his group will check the welfare of any elderly individual in northern Christian County during this heat wave.
Thielen says CERT teams fear some elderly people may not know just how hot it is going to be and may not be prepared to cope.