Smoke gets in your
It did on
Wednesday, certainly, around mid-afternoon, as a haze filled the air in
Duneland and made folks wonder where the fire was.
There were two
fires, actually, both of them controlled burns.
The first was one
in the Town of Dune Acres, conducted by a private contractor, Porter Deputy
Fire Chief Jay Craig told the Chesterton Tribune today. Craig said
that, according to an email received by the PFD from the contractor, “three
acres of plants” were scheduled to be burned on Wednesday, in Plampin Park
in the area of East Road and Lupine Lane.
The second wasn’t
technically a prescribed burn at all but what is know technically as “black
lining,” conducted by the National Park Service (NPS) in the Furnessville
area. NPS spokesman Bruce Rowe described black lining as creating a fire
break around a “sensitive area” in advance of a future prescribed burn.
Black lining does
involving burning, however, Rowe emphasized, and around 3 p.m. on Wednesday
the NPS fire crew noticed that the ceiling height had lowered and that the
smoke wasn’t dispersing. At that point the crew finished its work and
cleared the scene by 4 p.m., Rowe said.
If you were outside
on Wednesday, you almost certainly noticed the smoke. Chesterton Deputy Fire
Chief John Jarka said that something like 20 people called the CFD,
concerned about it. A bunch also called him at home. Just to be sure, the
CFD dispatched a firefighter to Morgan Park, Indian Boundary Road, and other
places, and he found nothing to suggest that the smoke was being locally