(Bright, Ind.) – Dearborn County firefighters had to work at least part of the weekend as a suspicious wildfire raged in the Bright area.
Around 10:00 a.m. Sunday, nine fire departments from Indiana and Ohio were called to a brush fire off of North Dearborn Road near Stateline Road.
“It was suspicious in nature,” said Bright Volunteer Fire Department Chief Kevin Gick, adding that electrical and act of God causes had been ruled out.
Neighbors reported seeing kids leaving the area on ATVs before firefighters were called.
The Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office will come to investigate the cause. Gick said the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Office is also investigating.
Battling the blaze proved difficult as winds gusting up to 30 MPH fanned the flames said Gick.
Adding to the firefighters’ hardship was the location of the fire in a secluded, densely wooded area with no street access for firetrucks.
Gick said firefighters initially had to be shuttled to the fire by ATV as they hauled backpacks full of water. Eventually, a three-foot wide path would be cut through the woods with a 1,500-foot long hose supplying water from a pond to the blaze.
Neighbors living nearby lent a hand with their ATVs and tractors. One of those people assisting crashed their ATV, suffering a minor head injury. Gick said that person was treated and released at the hospital.
In all, approximately one to two acres were burned Gick estimated. Crews remained on the scene until 9:00 p.m.
Assisting at the scene were fire departments from Saint Leon, Greendale, Lawrenceburg, Aurora, Miller-York, and Sunman from Indiana; as well as Harrison and Crosby Township from Ohio.