Grass fire blocks one southbound lane of I-65

Columbus firefighters were sent out to a grass fire that burned about an acre near the southbound lanes of Interstate 65 slowing motorists who were guided into one lane to avoid the fire and smoke.

Two engines went to the fire at 1:20 p.m. Monday, which was just south of the State Road 46 exit on I-65, said Capt. Mike Wilson, Columbus Fire Department spokesman. Columbus police officers directed traffic to one lane to allow firefighters to work at the scene. Wilson said firefighters were particularly concerned about the fire reaching a nearby wooded area, which they were able to prevent. Firefighters were at the scene for about an hour and both lanes of traffic are now open. No injuries were reported.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.