Smoke seen in satellite image over Lake Michigan caused by Indiana Dunes wildfire: NPS

ByABC7 Chicago Digital Team via WLS logo
Sunday, April 4, 2021
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Part of Indiana Dunes National Park is closed because of a wildfire.

GARY, Ind. (WLS) -- Part of Indiana Dunes National Park is closed because of a wildfire, according to park officials.

The National Park Service (NPS) was notified of the wildfire in the Miller section of the park in Gary.

A satellite picture showed smoke billowing over Lake Michigan.

Officials said it is contained but not before burning 325 acres. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

A vegetation fire also broke out near the Norfolk Southern rail yard at the Port of Indiana Friday, as well as a prescribed burn at Tolleston East, according to NPS.

The Tolleston Dunes Trial and the surrounding area remained closed to recreation Saturday. The trail system in Miller Woods, including the Paul Douglas Trail is also closed due to the wildfire.

For the latest information, visit the Indiana Dunes NPS website and Facebook page.