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  • Writer's pictureBill Raines

Fires Breakout in Lawrence County Monday Afternoon

LAWRENCE COUNTY - OCTOBER 24, 2022 - A rekindle from Friday afternoon's fire in Silverville sent Indian Creek Township, Perry Township and Crane Naval Base Fire Department to a woods and wildland fire in the 300 block of Indiana State Road 158, Monday afternoon.

Winds, and dry conditions caused the fire to rekindle and spread to nearby property lines.

The call reporting that fire came in 3:08 p.m. with fire units who arrived requesting additional help with brush rigs, tankers and manpower.

(Firefighters from Indian Creek Township, Perry Township and Naval Crane Base Fire Department used brush rigs, off-road UTV's and tankers to battle a large woods and field fire near Silverville Monday Afternoon)

(Embers from a previous fire on Friday sparked a fire near Silverville Monday afternoon)

Firefighters from Indian Creek Township spent more than seven hours Friday making sure hot spots were extinguished.

Embers from the previous fire rekindled from a tree and spread to the woods working its way up the hillside into a large field on Monday.

Winds were gusting up to 25 Miles per hour while firefighters were working to cut off the fire.

The fire was getting close to the Naval Crane Naval Base therefore, firefighters from the naval base was dispatched to assist.

(U.S. Forestry Fire Service assisted the Huron Volunteer Fire Department on a woods fire on U.S. 50 West Monday afternoon)

The National Weather services issued a warning for residents in Indiana not to burn on Monday.

(Firefighters use foam to put out a fire in a wood pile)

Around 3:36 p.m. Huron Volunteer Fire Department, Marion Township Volunteer Fire Department and U.S. Forestry Service responded to the Jon Day residence in the 5300 block of U.S. 50 West due to a small woods fire.

That fire started after the property owner emptied some coals from a wood stove, that caught a nearby wood pile on fire. The fire spread into a nearby woods.

A passer-by seen the fire and notified the property owner of the fire, who then called 911 reporting the blaze.

Firefighters built fire lines around the perimeter of the fire and used foam to extinguish the fire around the wood pile.

Despite several counties throughout southern Indiana issuing burn bans, Lawrence County has not issued a burn ban due to dry and windy conditions.

According to local fire officials burn bans are not enforced by local ordinance to issue citations and normally the Lawrence County Sheriff seldom issue a citation for violating the burn ban.

The fire officials state if the burn ban is not enforced then there is no need to issue one.

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