Brush fires have
been keeping the Porter Fire Department busy since high winds began blowing
through Duneland on Monday.
The most serious
blaze: a potential conflagration on Monday afternoon, when wind gusts
churned up leaves being burned in a pit by a resident of the 1100 block of
Old Porter Road, Fire Chief Lewis Craig told the Chesterton Tribune
The PFD responded
to the scene at 2:09 p.m. and promptly requested assistance from the
Chesterton, Burns Harbor, and National Park Service fire departments, after
burning leaves blew beneath the porch of a home in the neighborhood--“someone
else’s home,” Craig noted.
“We thought we were
going to have a disaster,” Craig said. “Three houses were in jeopardy.”
at least 1,000 gallons of water to douse the blaze and save the homes.
The leaf burner was
issued a citation by the Porter Police Department, Craig said. The PFD
cleared the scene at 3:06 p.m.
It is illegal in
Northwest Indiana--as non-attainment area--to burn leaves, brush, or other
yard debris. Residents may burn recreational
A second Porter
resident was cited on Tuesday, for the same reason, Craig said: an open burn
which started a brush fire, at Second Street and Main Street.
The PFD was
dispatched late in the afternoon, after a man burning sticks in his yard
“turned away for a moment to call his buddy,” Craig said. “When he turned
back, the grass was on fire.”
An area less than
an acre was affected and the fire was doused with 270 gallons of water,
Assisting at the
scene, under an automatic aid agreement: the National Park Service
The PFD, assisting
the BHFD at 12:10 p.m. Monday, responded to a third brush fire, this one
behind The Brown Bag on U.S. Highway 12, where someone--Craig is unsure
who--was doing welding work on train cars. The PFD dispatched two ATVs--each
fitted with a 25-gallon water tank--to the scene, located between an
ArcelorMittal access road and the South Shore right-of-way.
The PFD cleared the
scene at 1:03 p.m.