Multiple fires start along I-64

From Local Sources

FERDINAND — Multiple fires were reported along I-64 Thursday between the 66- and 75-mile markers.

Units of the Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department were paged out at 1:31 p.m. when a brush fire was reported at the 66-mile marker on the eastbound side, according to Fire Chief John Hoppenjans.

Firefighters arrived to find a half acre area burning.

The fire was extinguished with three trucks and seven firefighters on the scene 30 minutes.

Hoppenjans said it was thought that a blown tire on a semi trailer triggered the fire.

Law enforcement responded after it was reported heavy smoke could require traffic control.

The St. Meinrad Volunteer Fire Department was also called to a separate fire in the vicinity of the 65.5-mile marker, according to Fire Chief Tom Kloeck and he said Perry County’s Anderson Township Volunteer Fire Department went to a fire at the 75.7-mile marker.

Both of those fires were about 20-by-30 in size, Kloeck said.

St. Meinrad’s department responded with five trucks and 16 firefighters and some personnel assisted at the Perry County site during the 30-minute response.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Office, Indiana State Police and Ferdinand Police Department also assisted.

Hoppenjans noted that conditions are dry at the moment, so the public is urged to be careful with recreational fires during the weekend.

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