A wildfire at McCormick's Creek State Park in Owen County on Friday afternoon quickly torched 27 acres before firefighters brought it under control.
Smoke from the fire, just east of Spencer, could be seen for miles.
At the height of the fire, the flames were shooting 20 to 25 feet into the air, but Department of Natural Resources firefighters said it could have been much worse.
"The fact that we had no or limited wind today absolutely did help us out," said Drew Daley, with the DNR fire department. "If we had coupled the fuel moisture and the temperature today with any winds, it would have been a different story here."
It took four fire departments and help from the Owen County EMS, Sheriff's Department and conservation officers to bring the blaze under control.
Firefighters worked in 20-minute shifts and used controlled burns to keep the wildfire from spreading into the heavily wooded areas.
By Friday evening, 27 acres of sage brush and small trees were nothing but a field of ashes.
Nobody was injured, and campers willing to brave the heat, such as camper Brittney Pickett, were also willing to take the risk of the fire reigniting.
"It did get hotter when we got back here, and so we actually looked at other campsites to stay at possibly," Pickett said. "But then they said everything was under control, and we came back here and everything was fine."
Daley said that, although the fire is out, the fire department's work is far from done.
"This fire will continue to be patrolled hourly through the night, and we'll have resources back out here tomorrow," he said.
The DNR is still investigating the cause of the fire, and it is looking at whether a large mower could have sparked it.
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