Firefighters dispense controlled-burn advice

From Local Sources

HUNTINGBURG — Units of the Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department responded Friday afternoon when a large plume of smoke was spotted in the area of Ferdinand Road Northwest and County Road 200W.

Department fire investigator John C. Smith said firefighters determined the 2:17 p.m. callout to a field where Leroy Kerstiens was burning corn stubble and debris involved a controlled burn that had not been reported to dispatch.

Three trucks and 14 firefighters were on the scene 45 minutes extinguishing the fire that was not being monitored.

Smith said property owners intent on burning brush or vegetation should call Dubois County’s 911 Communications Center at 812-482-6777 or 812-482-9111 (both non-emergency numbers) in advance, plus call their locale’s fire chief.

Residents also should become familiar with state and local burning laws that ban the burning of construction debris, trash or any processed wood, such as 2-by-4s. State law allows for open burning of some wood and vegetation during daylight hours.

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