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  • Writer's pictureBill Raines

Fire Crews Busy All Weekend Battling Wildland Fires and Structure Fires Throughout Southern Indiana

SOUTHERN INDIANA - OCTOBER 23, 2022 - Fire crews throughout southern Indiana have been very busy battling wildland fires that have extended into structures all weekend long.

(Firefighters from Ellettsville, Beam Blossom, Stinesville, Monroe Fire Protection District, Owen Valley Fire Territory, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and Ellettsville Territory responded to a large brush and woods fire on Flatwoods Road Sunday afternoon. (Courtesy photo Ellettsville Fire Department)

The weather helped fuel the fires with windy and dry conditions despite property owners have been warned not to burn.

In Lawrence County a property owner burning leaves sparked a fire that burned over one acre near Silverville on State Road 158 on Friday afternoon.

The Indian Creek Township Fire Department was on scene for over seven hours.

(A fire in Shady Meadows off State Road 45 in Greene County consumed three structures, vehicle fire and a fourth structure with heat damage Friday afternoon)

In Greene County firefighters battled multiple fires Friday afternoon in Greene County which sent multiple departments near Jasonville, Worthington and eastern Greene County. A fire in Clay County broke out around 3:00 p.m. that end up burning some barns and other structures.

Firefighters from Clay, Greene and Sullivan County responded to the fire just north of the county line. That fire consumed a barn and several acres to a field.

On Saturday afternoon fire crews from Shawswick Township, Marion Township and Mitchell City Fire Departments battled a mobile home fire in Fort Ritner. The home owned by Ben and Tara Morrow was a total loss.

Approximately 15-20 acres burned in Greene County Sunday afternoon off of North State Road 45(Courtesy photo Center-Jackson Fire Territory)

On Sunday afternoon, a brush fire burned over 15-20 acres that was near a mobile home. The fire spread into a wooded area, on Indiana State Road 45 North. Center-Jackson Fire Territory was assisted by Beech Creek Fire Department, Monroe Fire Protection District, and Greene County Ambulance Service responded to that fire.

Beech Creek Township Fire Department was also called to assist Owen County Fire Departments off of Adler Road with a large woods and brush fire around 3:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Firefighters had to use off-road vehicles and equipment to get that fire under control.

Two brush fire around 4:00 p.m. was reported in Washington County which sent firefighters from Pierce Polk Township, Salem and Franklin Township Fire Departments to battle that fire.

The Blue River Township Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a large cornfield fire on Baker Road about the same time as the wildland fire in Pekin was going on.

With the burn ban in place in Washington County, fire departments were dispatched to respond to extinguish open burning reported by neighbors.

Brown County Volunteer Fire Departments was busy fighting a sawmill fire that extended into a nearby woods Sunday afternoon.

22 Indiana Counties have issued burn bans

Property owners are encouraged not to conduct any outside burning until a significant amount of rainfall has fallen.

Burn bans remain in effect for 22 counties throughout southern Indiana.

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