Field fires burned throughout Michiana on Easter Sunday

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By: Krystal Vivian kvivian@953mnc.com

Several field fires burned throughout Michiana on Easter Sunday afternoon, April 5.

Penn Township Fire Department and Mishawaka Fire Department were called to a fire in the 13000 block of East Seventh Street at about 3 p.m., according to a tweet from the Mishawaka Fire Department.

The fire was under control by 3:20 p.m.

At least four fires burned in Elkhart County as well.

Elkhart Township Fire Department was called to the 20000 block of C.R. 19 at about 2 p.m. Sunday for a field and structure fire, according to 95.3 MNC’s news partners at The Elkhart Truth.

At around 2:21 p.m., Harrison Township units were called to the 64000 block of C.R. 17 for a grass fire. Minutes later, Cleveland Township and Osolo Township units were called to the 26000 block of Arlington Road, in Elkhart, for a field fire.

All three of those fires were out by 3 p.m., The Elkhart Truth reported.

A fourth field fire was reported at about 4:15 p.m. near Osolo Township Little League. The fire was extinguished by 4:40 p.m. and may have been started by yard waste that was burning nearby, according to WSBT.

The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement warning that burning could be dangerous on Sunday.

Temperatures reaching into the 60s combined with dry air, low humidity and high winds caused an increased risk for brush and grass fires to spread quickly.

Residents should wait until temperatures drop in the evening to burn brush, according to the special weather statement, and fires should be monitored at all times.