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State Road 243 reopens after forest fire at Lieber State Recreation Area

State Road 234 just south I-70 in Putnam County has been closed for a mile-wide fire in a state forest, authorities said on the afternoon of April 5, 2021. (Photo Provided/Putnam County Sheriff's Department/Facebook)

CLOVERDALE, Ind. (WISH) — State Road 243 just south I-70 in Putnam County has been closed for a mile-wide fire in a state forest, authorities said Monday afternoon.

By 7:20 p.m., the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department said on Facebook that the fire was under control, although it continued to smolder. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources will determine the cause of the fire.

The fire was first reported along State Road 243 north of the the Lieber State Recreation Area and west toward the Black Hawk Campground. The state highway was closed from West County Road 1050 South to the Lieber State Recreation Area, the sheriff’s department said.

Lieber State Recreation Area touts hiking trails, a campground, a nature center, and an aquatic center with a waterslide.

“Expect to take an alternate route for a extended period of time,” the sheriff’s department said in a Facebook post. The Indiana Department of Transportation said the road had reopened by 7 p.m.

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