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DNR Forestry helps quell Morgan-Monroe wildfire
Start Date: 4/24/2018
Event Description:
Firefighters from Northern Monroe Fire Territory, Benton Township Volunteer Fire Department, and the DNR Division of Forestry contained a wildfire in the Backcountry Area of Morgan-Monroe State Forest Sunday afternoon.

The fire was located off Low Gap Road in a difficult area to access in the southern portion of the backcountry area. The only access was via foot, about three-quarters-of-a-mile into the forest.

The area of approximately 1,000 acres is traversed by historical roads that have not been used by vehicle traffic in several years. This area was also the location where an injured turkey hunter was removed on April 25, 2012, with assistance from local fire departments and the DNR.

In most areas of the forest, maintained access roads, called fire lanes or fire trails, allow vehicles to reach emergencies such as these and allow access by first responders.

The fire was contained at approximately 5:15 p.m. on Sunday, and the rainfall Monday helped with control. The fire was determined to be human caused by a recreational visitor to the area.

When visiting state forests and any other forested properties be mindful of wildland fire safety. Campfires can be a vital part of the outdoor experience, but always follow Smokey Bear’s Campfire Safety Tips.

— Build your fire in a safe area.
— Keep fires small.
— Don’t leave a fire unattended.
— Extinguish the fire using water and a shovel.
— Stir until there are no burning embers.

For more information on wildland fire prevention, see
Contact Information:
Name: Marty Benson
Phone: 317-233-3853
State calendar entry type:
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