May 1, 2018 - 5:17 pm - Posted in News

Fire north of Rock Rapids. Click to enlarge

Northwest Iowa — Area fire departments were kept hopping Monday after a busy weekend, due in part to dry conditions and lots of wind. At least six fire calls were paged out on Monday.

Early on Monday morning, lightning struck a tree in Doon, causing a small fire in a hollow tree. Monday afternoon, about 2:20 p.m., the Alvord Fire Department was called to a garage fire where the garage was attached to the house. Further details were not available on that fire except that the Lester Fire Department was called at one point to help out.

Lester didn’t have any fires in their own district that we know of, but they were also called to help the Rock Rapids fire department about an hour later. Rock Rapids firefighters were called to 1247 US 75, about three miles north of town for round bales and a grove on fire near buildings. Rock Rapids Fire Chief Ed Reck says an electrical wire throwing sparks due to the wind got the blame for that fire, which destroyed 12-15 corn stalk bales and a portion of the grove on the farm place. He says they used twenty thousand gallons of water to fight that fire and were called back out after the wind found some more embers and started another fire.

While those fire departments were out, the Orange City Fire Department was paged for a soybean stubble fire a mile and a half west of Orange City on Highway 10. Sioux Center firefighters responded as well. Orange City chief Denny Vander Wel says between 10 and 15 acres of stubble burned. He thanks the four farmers with disks that helped them get the fire under control. An old fire rekindling gets the blame for that fire.

The honor of the fire call to which the most firefighters responded Monday would go to the fire near Hawarden. Fire Chief Duane Schiefen says five fire departments along with both the Hawarden and Ireton ambulance squads responded to the fire five miles south and a mile and a half east of Hawarden, including some fifty firefighters. That fire was also a stubble fire in a field, but it burned around 80 acres. He says several farmers with disks helped put their fire out too. He says officially the cause is undetermined, but the point of origin looked like it may have been a tree burning pile that was assumed to be out. Firefighters from Hawarden, Ireton, and Akron, Iowa; and Alcester and Hudson, South Dakota were on the scene of that fire for three and a half hours.

A false alarm was also among the calls that kept firefighters busy. Firefighters from Alton and Orange City responded to a fire alarm that turned out to be false at the MOC/Floyd Valley Middle School in Alton about 6:30 p.m. Monday evening.

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