Mark Hunter (ozma914) wrote,
Mark Hunter

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wildland fire season kicks into gear

Just an update; grass fire season hasn't been too bad so far, since we had some rain late last week. But people are definitely out there burning now that the weather's gotten into the 60's, and it'll only take another day or two of drying, and a breeze to kick up, and we're in trouble. You can't predict Indiana's wildland fire season: if it rains in just the right places and then things green up, we can get by with a quiet spring. On the other hand ... well, we'll see.

As for me, I didn't get any action -- I missed our first grass fire last week, and was on the second-in brush unit for this most recent one. All I got to do was drive by and see the scorched earth. considering my lungs are still gunked up (cats? chest cold? anybody?), I suppose it's for the best. The doctor actually put me on an inhaler similar to the one my daughter takes for her asthma, so I can sleep without the rasping/wheezing/coughing.

Albion firefighters extinguished one of four grass fires that Noble County fire departments responded to last week.

A small controlled burn near county roads 500W and 270N blew out of control at 1:42 p.m. Sunday, bringing out four Albion fire trucks. Luckily, a strong breeze blew the flames downhill into short grass, limiting the speed of the fire's spread, and firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze within about ten minutes.

The incident happened while Cromwell and Ligonier firefighters were still on the scene of a mobile home fire on Lincolnway West, in Ligonier. Flames engulfed that building at about 12:54 p.m., bringing out fire trucks, Ligonier Police, and the Noble County EMS. Its cause is still under investigation; no one was reported injured.

One of the Cromwell fire trucks was rerouted to investigate a fire alarm at the Ligonier Police Department during the incident.

Cromwell and Ligonier firefighters also battled a field fire, which broke out Wednesday afternoon along Cr 500N, near US 33, at about 5 p.m.

In addition, Noble Township firefighters spent about half an hour battling a field fire Thursday afternoon near 3629 S US 33. Orange and Johnson Township firefighters protected a barn threatened by a controlled burn that went out of control near Northport and Oak Knoll Roads, near Rome City. About a hundred acres of grass and field burned in that incident, which was reported at 6:55 p.m. Saturday.

Anyone planning to have a controlled burn is asked to report that information to the Noble County Sheriff's Department at 636-2182, so firefighters don't have to answer false calls. They are asked NOT to call local fire stations: Most Noble County fire departments are all or mostly volunteer, and there might not be anyone at the stations to receive the information in time.
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