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Record dry spell results in multiple Indiana field fires

Indiana firefighters were kept busy Wednesday putting out field fires in rural areas.
Credit: Columbus Twp. Fire Dept.
Dry and windy conditions led to multiple field fires in Bartholomew Co. Wednesday, March 10, 2021.

BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY, Ind — Fire departments in southern Indiana were kept busy Wednesday afternoon by multiple grass and field fires. The dry and windy conditions allowed fires to spread quickly. 

The beginning of March was Indiana's driest stretch without rain or snow on record.

Parts of Indiana were also under a wind advisory for gusts up to 50 mph Wednesday afternoon into early Thursday.

Credit: WTHR

In Bartholomew County, Columbus Township posted on its Facebook page about a field fire that was started by a brush fire that got out of control but was quickly contained.  

Further south, the Monroe Township Fire Department in Henryville reported several field fires that brought responses from multiple departments.

Fire departments warn you to consider weather and wind conditions before burning outside, and to be responsible when discarding cigarettes, fireplace ashes, or other hot materials when vegetation is dry and wind could fuel a small fire.

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