Bourbon Fire Environmental Impact on Fish Bourbon fire has caused fish to die as dead fish are floating in the Kentucky River after the Jim Beam Bourbon Fire after the warehouse fire this week. Kentucky's ...
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Dead fish have turned up downriver of the warehouse for days. Officials have been adding dissolved oxygen in an attempt to protect wildlife.
Despite the aeration, residents were warned Saturday that they will see and smell dead fish in the river. They were cautioned not to eat fish that are already dead and to exercise caution when catching fish that appear to be in distress.
The alcohol plume is expected to dissipate upon reaching the much Ohio River at some point Monday. Emergency officials said they will continue to monitor water quality in the area, and Beam Suntory, which owns Jim Beam, has brought in environmental cleanup contractors and consultants.
The fire, which broke out Tuesday, is out, according to Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet. Officials let as much alcohol as possible burn to reduce the flow of bourbon-filled runoff into the river.