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Small wildfire burns 70 acres

A photo of the University Fire posted on the Madison County Emergency Management Facebook page on Friday night. 

A wildfire burned about 70 acres south of Cardwell over the weekend. It was contained Saturday afternoon and no one was injured. 

According to Joe Brummell, Madison County director of emergency management and fire warden, the blaze was reported Friday around 5 p.m. on South Boulder Road, near Indiana University’s Judson Mead Geologic Field Station. Brummell said the fire was pushing north, threatening 15 structures, but did not burn any buildings.

Around 3 p.m. on Saturday, Brummell said the University Fire was contained. Crews from the U.S. Forest Service, Jefferson County, Harrison, Ennis and Whitehall all assisted in managing the wildfire. Brummell said the cause of the wildfire is still under investigation.

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University Fire burns near Judson Mead Geologic Field Station

A photo of the aftermath of a small wildfire that burned 70 acres near Indiana University's Judson Mead Geologic Field Station on South Boulder Road, near Cardwell. Posted on the Madison County Emergency Management Facebook page. 

On Tuesday morning, Boice Atkins, fire chief of the Harrison Volunteer Fire Department, said his firefighters check on the wildfire about once or twice a day. There are a few large logs smoldering within the contained perimeter that he wants to keep an eye on, Atkins said.

“It’s typically unusual to see a wildfire this early in the season, but the undercarriage is really dry,” Atkins said. Because of these dry conditions, Atkins also urged anyone planning to burn piles to be careful and keep water close by.

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