(Aurora, Ind.) - A home was damaged and others were nearly consumed as firefighters battled a series of raging wildfires in Aurora Sunday.
The Aurora Fire Department was called out to a home at 4924 East Laughery Creek Road – near the Dearborn-Ohio County line - at 1:45 p.m. That’s where a garage fire had gotten out of control and caught a home ablaze.
Firefighters limited the home damage to melted siding and a singed roof estimated at $20,000. However, their work was not done as embers from the fire carried through the air and ignited several other brush fires.
Because of the area’s recent dry spell, those fires spread quickly, eventually consuming an estimated 100 acres according to Aurora Fire Safety Officer Kevin Turner.
The wildfire had threatened a neighborhood on Dutch Hollow Road, but crews were able to put it out before any homes were damaged.
A citizen lent a helicopter to firefighters to monitor the area. Around 5:00, another separate grass fire was spotted at 9984 Huseman Road, west of the original incident. Firefighters responded and put an end to that blaze before a nearby barn could be damaged.
Only one acre was charred thanks to some help by citizens who provided tractors to cover the advancing fire line.
It was determined that fire was also caused by a trash fire getting out of control.
A female was hurt during a fall at the first structure fire. Her name and medical condition are not known.
Three Aurora firefighters were injured from heat and exhaustion as they battled not only the flames, but also the terrain and outdoor temperatures reaching near 90 degrees in October. They were taken to Dearborn County Hospital.
An estimated 75 firefighters from around Dearborn and Ohio counties were on the scene of the fires.
Departments assisting Aurora Fire Sunday were Dillsboro, Rising Sun, Greendale, Hogan Township, Lawrenceburg, Bright, Friendship, and Moores Hill. Life squads from Aurora, Lawrenceburg, and Dillsboro provided medical support.
The Miller-York Fire Department and other departments from Hamilton County helped cover stations in Dearborn County.
Some firefighters are still on the scene Monday morning watching for any flare ups.
Of 44 southern Indiana counties, Dearborn County is one of just two to not initiate a ban on outdoor burning – the other being Vigo County on the Illinois border.
According to the National Weather Service, Dearborn County has received about one inch of rain in the past 60 days. That’s between four and six inches less than normal.
The next chance of rain predicted by the weather service is a 30 percent chance of showers Wednesday night.