May 8, 2018 - 5:01 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — On Monday, May 7th, the Sibley Fire Department responded to two ditch fire calls. Sibley Fire Chief Ken Huls says the first one was about 3:30 in the afternoon. He says a farmer was burning cattails in a ditch when the fire worked its way up between the ditch and the yard and started burning a round bale. He says they put that one out in about a half hour. That evening, about a quarter to nine, they were called to Highway 60 southbound, north of Sibley. He says again it was the ditch that was on fire. He said the flames were three or four feet tall, but it was only about a 50-yard by 30-yard area of the ditch, and they also quickly put that fire out. He says the cause is undetermined but could have been a lit cigarette or something thrown from a moving vehicle. Huls urges caution around ditch fires because the smoke can cause zero visibility for quite a stretch of road.

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