Wildfire burns over 300 acres in Indiana Dunes | Illinois Information

GARY, Ind. (AP) – A forest fire has burned more than 300 acres in Indiana Dunes National Park, northwest of the state.

Park officials said the National Park Service was notified of the devastating fire on Friday while it was working on a mandatory fire. The devastating fire took place in Gary in Miller Woods and was contained on Saturday night.

National park spokesman Micah Bell said there were no reports of injuries or damage to private property.

Park officials posted a satellite photo showing smoke from the wildfire that extends onto Lake Michigan 80 miles north.

The cause of the fire continued to be investigated.

Earlier this year, authorities announced four mandatory fires in the park, slated for this spring, totaling more than 900 acres. Authorities said mandatory fires will be used to restore the park.

Indiana Dunes encompasses 15 miles of Lake Michigan and 15,000 acres of beaches, forests, prairies, and swamps.

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