NASHVILLE, Ind. — A substantial brush fire started Sunday afternoon in Brown County State Park.
Indiana’s Dept. of Natural Resources confirmed that there is an ongoing brush fire on the east side of the state park. Apparent smoke from the fire can be seen near the intersection of SR-46 and SR-135.
“It is a fairly good size fire, but not moving very quickly,” said Marty Benson, assistant director of communications with DNR.
Brown County 911 Dispatch said that multiple local fire units responded from Hamblen FD, Nashville FD, Southern Brown County FD and Bartholomew County’s Harrison Township FD.
As of 10 p.m. Sunday, Benson confirmed that the fire was still active, but not threatening any structures. Local fire crews have left the park, but DNR’s Fire Headquarters units are still on scene.
“Cool weather and frost is keeping the fire at bay,” Benson said.
As of 5:15 p.m. Monday, DNR officials said a fire line had been cut around the entire fire. Original story below.
DNR crews returned to the scene at 7:30 Monday morning. They expect to have the brush fire under control later in the day. The DNR said the crew working the fire Monday is DNR due to challenging terrain.
On Tuesday, no fire was detected beyond fire lines.
“For perspective, the park covers 15,815 acres and remains open,” Benson said. “The fire is in a remote area where there are portions of some horse trails, but most horse trails and all other recreational facilities remain in normal operation.”
It is unclear at this time what the cause of the fire was. This article will be updated with more info as it becomes available.