Photo Courtesy of Jay Schoning

Farm Field Fires

Ruthven, IA (KICD)–A Saturday afternoon field fire threatened 3 rural homes as well as the city of Ruthven.

Listener Jay Schoning with the Ruthven Zipcode newspaper shares with KICD News that the Ruthven Fire Department was called to a report of a combine and field fire one mile west and a half mile north of Ruthven at 3:18 p.m. The blaze apparently started from a bearing overheating on a combine in the Jay Clausing corn field. The belt slipping on a pulley got hot and ignited the corn field on fire which spread rapidly eastward with the 30 mile per hour winds towards four rural homes and the city of Ruthven. The city of Ruthven was also in eminent danger as the fire spread eastward across the 320 acre field.

Fire Chief Al Grange says they had three big 50 foot discs come in from John Williamson, Jay Clausing, and Greg Peterson from Peterson Equipment in Ruthven. Officials were able to keep ahead of the fire and stop the blaze from jumping the road and getting into the city of Ruthven.

No injuries were reported and no damage estimates are available.

Agencies assisting on scene include the Dickens Fire Department, Ayrshire Silver Lake Township Fire Department, farm neighbors, Palo Alto and Clay County Deputies and Ruthven Ambulance.

Milford, IA (KICD)–Milford Firefighters were able to halt a grass fire before it hit a cornfield on Sunday.

Fire Chief Jim Carpenter says they were called to a reported grass fire on the old railroad grade south of Milford off of 230th Street shortly after 5 p.m.. Officials found a pile of leaves and scrap wood had been burning unattended. Approximately 3 acres of grass and brush to the south and west towards a cornfield was on fire.

Firefighters stopped the fire from entering the corn field and were on scene for approximately one hour.