ORANGE CO. – Update: According to the Orange County Rural District #1 fire chief advised that over six acres were involved in the fire in the 2600 block of Log Creek Road. The cause of the fire was open burning and pushed by the wind.
Original story: Several fire departments were busy Tuesday afternoon battling two large fires in Orange County.
The first was a wildland fire that was reported just after 3:00 p.m. in the 2600 block of Log Creek Road. During this fire, there were reports of structures involved. Several Orange County fire departments responded to the scene including Orange County Rural District #1, Southeast, Paoli, Orleans, Orange County District #2, and the U.S. Forestry Service.
Due to the demand due to the on-scene clean-up, the Orange County Rural District #1 Fire Chief Richard Drake has not yet responded to our request on the information.
At 5:01 p.m. the Orange County District #2, Livonia, and Campbellsburg Volunteer Fire Departments were called to a large barn fire on Orange County Road 375 North near Orleans.
Firefighters from Orange County District #2 had to be pulled off the first fire to help fight the large barn fire. Smoke from the blaze could be seen in the Mitchell area.
The barn contained farming equipment was destroyed in the fire.
Fire department personnel shuttled several gallons of water from the Town of Orleans to the scene, using tankers and dump tanks to battle the blaze.
“At this time we are unable to determine the cause of the fire,” said Orange County District #2 Deputy Chief Steve Sallee.
Members of the ladies’ auxiliary brought water and other refreshments to the fire scene for the firefighters.
Firefighters were on the scene for more than two hours returning to the fire station just before 7:00 p.m.
There were no injuries from fighting the fire.
IU Health Ambulance Orange County responded to both fire scenes.