Road shutdown after water line break slows efforts to battle Brush Fire in Bourbonnais


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BOURBONNAIS – Multiple fire departments reported to a two-alarm brush fire on Chippewa Drive near 3100 W. Road in Bourbonnais earlier this afternoon. 

The fire was under control shortly after being reported. No injuries were reported in the incident, but multiple structures suffered damage. 

Bourbonnais Fire reported a water line break heeded efforts to battle the blaze Tuesday afternoon.

“The water main that feeds residents along 3100 North and West of Chippewa Drive, to also include residents in the Riverside Country Estates, River Haven and Wood Haven subdivisions suffered a major break during our fire suppression efforts today in that area.” Bourbonnais Fire said in a Facebook post Tuesday night. “Aqua Illinois is working diligently to ensure that water is restored as quickly as possible in that area. This work will require 3100 N Road to be shut down as they make the necessary repairs, please avoid the area to assist them in getting your water service back up as quickly as possible.”

The National Weather Service warned area residents against burning early Monday, reporting conditions are once again ripe for wildfires in Northeastern Illinois and Northwestern Indiana. Winds are expected to reach 30-50 mph this week with temperatures nearly 70 by the weekend. 

Yesterday, a field fire hit Newton County.  During the month of October, multiple field fires were reported locally while a Red Flag notice was in place, including one that traveled four miles in Iroquois County near Danforth.


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