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Burning Hay Bales Shut Down Traffic for Hours

Superior, IA (KICD)–Approximately 370 round bales of hay went up in flames on Wednesday shutting down traffic for nearly 7 hours.

The Superior Fire Department was called out to 2946 Highway 9 & 71 roughly 3 miles west of town at 7:37 a.m.  Upon arriving on scene, the fire department requested the Spirit Lake and Terril Fire Departments for assistance. Help was later requested from Estherville, Lake Park, Arnolds Park/Okoboji, Jackson and Milford Fire Departments. Help was also requested from Sam Wedeking Excavating to move the burning bales away from the nearby buildings and out into an open pasture east of the residence.  It’s believed that the bales started on fire by spontaneous combustion as they were just put up approximately one month ago.

Highway 9 & 71 was closed between 290th Avenue and the Jackson ‘Y’ due to the proximity of the bales to the highway and rerouted onto local gravel roads. The highway was re-opened at approximately 2:30 p.m.

Motorist should be aware that there will be smoldering hay bales on the east side of this residence for several days. Drivers should be prepared to slow down in the event that the smoke affects the highway. The Iowa Department of Transportation has portable message signs ready should the smoke cause issues for motorists.

Approximately 370 round bales owned by Dustin Lindsey were destroyed by the fire at an estimated cost of $73,000.

Others assisting on scene include the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office, Dickinson County Communications Center, Dickinson and Emmet County Emergency Management, Lakes Regional Healthcare Ambulance, the Iowa State Patrol, Dickinson County Secondary Roads, and the Iowa State Patrol.  Food and water was provided by Tobi’s Softtail Saloon, Hy Vee of Spirit Lake, and Fareway of Estherville.  The Andersons of Superior and Houseman Oil of Estherville delivered & donated fuel, and Jay Johnson provided a tractor for moving bales.  There were also many individuals who brought water and food for the responders