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Black smoke causes stir

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

A plume of black smoke from this fire caused area emergency responders to check out the situation Wednesday. Jason Moon Photo. [Order this photo]
Black smoke on the horizon caused a bit of a panic Wednesday morning.

Officials responded to a possible structure fire off County Road 800 North and CR 150 W.

Upon arrival, officials discovered the family of Jimmy and Laurie Pleake were burning certain structures on the property.

Rebecca Adamson told officials she and her husband were burning the structures in order for the Pleakes -- who are on vacation -- to place a new home on the property.

She added the duo planned to bush hog the area and everything had to be completed by July 5.

After officials explained to the family the black smoke is what alerted them, they elected to observe the structure fire as a controlled burn.

Agencies responding included the Brazil City Fire Department, Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department and Clay County Sheriff's Department.

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Call it in before you burn, saves the VOLUNTEERS some time and effort, also I don't think burning structures is legal??? Have to look that up but probably won't since I don't plan on burning a structure.

-- Posted by wtfizdat on Thu, Jun 24, 2010, at 11:37 AM

I know who to hire to do the job when I want something burned on my property while I go on vacation .. lol.

-- Posted by Emmes on Thu, Jun 24, 2010, at 12:50 PM

According to the Indiana Open Burn law:

Please refer to 326 IAC 4-1 and IC 13-17-9 for state regulations (this is available online at


-Only clean wood products may be burned.

Wood products coated with stain, paint,

glue or other coatings are not safe to burn

-Burning must be done during safe weather

conditions, not during high winds or on

pollution alert days or ozone action days

-Fires must be attended until completely


-Burning must be done during daylight hours

and extinguished prior to sunset.

-Fire fighting equipment adequate for the

size of the fire must be nearby

-Material may only be burned in a noncombustible

and ventilated container, such as a

metal drum with enclosed sides and

bottom. Burning on the ground is illegal

-Open burning is not allowed at mobile home

parks, apartment or condominium complexes

or buildings of more than four

dwelling units

-Fires must be extinguished if they create a

fire hazard, nuisance, pollution problem or

threat to public health.

-Those violating the open burn law can be subject to fines under Indiana law, most times it isn't an issue but if an owner continuously has had the Fire Dept at their residence or they have a big burn like this one that goes against the open burn law (and don't have a permit) the fines can add up.

-- Posted by Localguy1972 on Thu, Jun 24, 2010, at 3:28 PM

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