State Fire Marshal Gives Burn Bans Reminder ; Extreme Drought Expands in Northwest Iowa

State Fire Marshal Dan Wood reminds area residents that five northwest and western Iowa counties currently have burn bans in place…(audio clip below :06 )

Burn bans are in effect in Cherokee, O’Brien, Sioux, Plymouth, and Crawford counties.

The latest Iowa Drought Monitor shows that Extreme Drought has expanded into Buena Vista, Clay, Pocahontas, O’Brien, and Palo Alto counties. Extreme Drought is still in much of Cherokee county. 80-percent of Iowa is considered abnormally dry or experiencing some level of drought.

The state fire marshal is urging Iowans to think about fire safety outdoors…(audio clip below :16 )

A combine and up to 50 acres of soybeans were destroyed in a field fire near Sibley on Sunday. Fire officials credited local farmers for using an implement called discs to cut fire breaks in the soil that contained the fire.

(thanks to Radio Iowa for contributing)