Coal plants are often in the spotlight due to the risk of fire and smoke pollution.
In some states, it’s illegal to burn coal in a home or in a workplace.
In other cases, it may be a matter of personal safety.
This year, however, we are seeing coal plants shutting down in response to a wildfire.
The fires are burning in a state called Kentucky, which is the home state of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul.
Paul said during a press conference that the fire caused a major loss of life and destroyed hundreds of homes.
The fire broke out in early September and has burned more than 5,000 acres in the state of Kentucky.
The blaze forced the closure of two coal plants in Kentucky.
Kentucky has a strong coal industry.
Coal accounts for approximately 40 percent of the state’s energy production, and coal-fired power plants account for approximately 50 percent of all U.s. coal production.
The coal plants that have closed include the two coal power plants that were owned by Western Energy Partners and operated by Western Union, according to a press release.
A coal power plant in West Virginia was shut down because of a fire at a nearby facility.
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what caused the wildfires, but the fires in the Appalachian region of the U.K. are all linked to wildfires.
In January, a wildfire in central Kentucky burned about 3,000 square miles of forest and destroyed at least 1,000 homes.