Extremely Dry Conditions And Strong Wind Combine To Create Very High Fire Danger

Thu 10-15-2015

(Lake Park)-- Extremely dry conditions and strong wind resulted in several field fires in the area today (Thurs.), including one just east of the Dickinson/Osceola county line. The Lake Park and Milford Fire Departments were called to that location early in the afternoon. Lake Park Fire Chief Brandon Ehret tells KUOO news fortunately it didn't amount to a whole lot. He says less than an acre of corn stalks burned. Ehret believes it was started by several semis that had been pulling in and out of the field. Ehret says there was a quarter section of standing corn across the road, but the fire never jumped the road. Ehret says they also called for assistance from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service fire unit, which is based out of Milford, but he says it wasn't needed.

Lake Park firefighters also responded to a combine fire later in the afternoon Thursday. Ehret says it's believed a part inside the combine had overheated. He says damage was believed to be minimal. No injuries were reported.

Area fire chiefs remind everyone to use extreme caution with the very dry conditions and the harvest that's underway. They say it's a good idea for farmers to have a fire extinguisher with them in the combine. And in the event a field DOES catch on fire, Ehret says to call 911 immediately. He says a disc can be used to help contain the fire, but he cautions not to go too fast with it. He says that can make the fire spread even quicker.