At around 2:30 PM Saturday afternoon, Liberty Township Volunteer Fire Department responded to a wild fire located at the Moraine Nature Preserve [near County Road 650 North and Harvest Road], part of the Department of Natural Resources, in rural Jackson Township. Assistant Fire Chief Michael Wineland arrived on scene of a wildland fire with initial estimates of 10 plus acres burning. Additional resources from nearby fire departments were called in to assist due to the remote location of the fire for extinguishment efforts. Firefighters had to travel by foot and ATV to reach the remote location. Initial investigation concluded the cause of the wildland fire resulted from an unattended burn pit off of Harvest Road that was not completely extinguished. Weather conditions caused for the fire to spread into the Moraine Nature Preserve. Open burning is prohibited in Porter County under Indiana State Statue. Mutual aid companies included; Washington Township, Westville Community, Morgan Township, Porter, South Haven, and the National Park Service (Indiana Dunes) Fire Management.
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