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Indiana fire marshal warns about fire risks during dry conditions

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Posted at 8:18 PM, Sep 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-20 21:35:16-04

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Fire Marshal is warning everyone to take precautions to avoid fires due to the dry conditions across the state.

If you're camping, grilling out, or burning branches or limbs, the fire marshal wants you to make sure you're considering how easily fires can start when the grass is dry. Wind also plays a factor and could spread the fire.

He is encouraging people to use a burn pit and a mesh screen to help contain any fires you are burning.

"Certainly have a water source, a garden hose or bucket of water," Indiana Fire Marshal Joel Thacker said. "If you are grilling out, ensure you have extinguishment nearby. Letting those, if you are using charcoal, let coals cool down or use metal bucket to dispose of and fill with water."

Currently, Lawrence and Martin counties have burn bans in place.

You can view the latest burn bans here.

On Sunday, several fire departments in Indiana responded to field and brush fires.

Centerville Fire Rescue responded to a large field fire Sunday evening on South Round Barn Road. Crews started evacuating people in the area while they battled the fire, according to the fire department. No injuries were reported and the fire was eventually brought under control.

Firefighters in Wayne County responded to a large field fire on Sunday, September 20, 2020. No injuries were reported.
Some fire hoses were burned in Wayne County on Sunday, September 20, 2020, as Centerville Fire Rescue crews battled a large field fire on Sunday, September 20, 2020.

This drone video from Places of Wayne County shows smoke from the field fire more than three miles away.