UPDATE: Discarded Cigarette May Have Sparked Brush Fire
By Mike Perleberg
Update posted at 3:54 p.m.:
The brush fire along State Road 1 in Greendale has been extinguished, but not before it torched about two acres of grass and wooded area.
Speculating that the cause of the fire may have been a cigarette butt discarded by a passing motorist, Greendale Fire Chief Shannon Craig said the fire fanned out from its origination near the highway.
Firefighters quick to the scene first attacked the wildfire as it neared a cluster of homes on Green Road. They were successful in preventing any structure damage, Craig said. Firefighters managed to prevent the flames from reaching into a more dense wooded area where stopping the fire may have become far more difficult.
State Road 1 traffic was being allowed to alternate in one direction past the fire scene. Crews have since cleared out.
Craig warned citizens not to burn anything outside Tuesday, echoing an earlier warning from the National Weather Service.
Update posted at 2:58 p.m.:
State Road 1 is open to traffic as firefighters continue to battle a brush fire near the highway in Greendale.
Original story posted at 2:44 p.m.
(Greendale, Ind.) – A large brush fire has fire departments from across Dearborn County responding to Greendale.
The fire was reported at around 2:00 p.m. along State Road 1 near Green Road. Crews are still trying to contain it.
Greendale Police say SR 1 is closed intermittently until the fire can be brought under control.
Earlier Tuesday, the National Weather Service issued an advisory about dry conditions and winds up to 25 MPH combining to create a fire danger in the tri-state.