Burning bans remain in effect for a number of northwest Iowa counties. State Fire Marshall spokesperson Ron Humphrey says dry vegetation is only part of the problem. He says strong winds can add to an already dangerous situation.
Many of the counties have had the bans in place for three weeks due to little or no rain. Humphrey says much of Iowa could use a good soaking.
Officials this month have responded to several fires in farm fields that were sparked by the combination of dry vegetation, overheated machinery and wind. And it doesn’t look like relief is coming any time soon.
By Scott Van Aartsen
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