Out-of-control fire burns 8-acre area

Photo courtesy the Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department

From Local Sources

HUNTINGBURG — An outdoor fire that got out of control sent members of the Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department southwest of Duff Wednesday afternoon.

The department was called to the Samuel and Sandra Neukam property at 3749 S. 720W at 4:49 p.m., according to department fire investigator John C. Smith.

The Neukams were burning downed trees and other debris when the fire spread, burning dried, dead ground cover. There was no damage, but an 8-acre area was burned, according to Smith.

Four trucks and 12 firefighters were on the scene 90 minutes.

Smith used the incident as an opportunity to remind the public to notify authorities about controlled burns in advance by calling applicable dispatchers and to realize that dead, dried ground cover is highly combustible. The nonemergency number for the county 911 center is 812-482-9111.

“The ground might be cold or wet or frozen but (ground cover) is going to burn like crazy on top,” Smith said. “People ought to guard against doing any kind of outside burning when there is any kind of wind conditions at all.”

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