National Weather Service Issues Fire Risk For Saturday Afternoon

(UNDATED) – The National Weather Service has issued a statement advising of enhanced fire danger Saturday afternoon.

Wind gusts of over 30 MPH, low humidity, and dry ground will lead to an increased fire danger Saturday afternoon and early evening.

Avoid open burning on Saturday afternoon and early evening.

Burn bans remain in effect for Daviess, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, and Orange counties.

Fire departments in Lawrence County have been called to several locations throughout the county the last couple weeks with people burning brush and other items.

On Tuesday night, a brush fire in Knox County took several hours to put out just north of Edwardsport. According to fire officials the fire started on State Road 67 and spread north.

Several roads in and out of Edwardsport had to be closed while firefighters battled that fire. The fire started around 2:30 p.m. The cause of that fire is unknown.

On Wednesday night fire crews responded to a massive field fire in Boone County, Indiana. The fire in the 7200 block of State Road 39 started when a combine caught fire around 5:45 p.m. Wednesday.

The fire spread to over 30-50 acres, which included corn and soybeans that were lost in the fire. No injuries were reported in that fire which brought eight fire departments to battle the blaze.