Archer, Iowa — A combine and header were destroyed in a fire on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 near Archer.
According to Archer Fire Chief Don De Boer, about 4:25 PM, the Archer Fire Department was called to the report of a combine fire on the Keith Ver Berg property, about a half mile north of 3880 Nettle Avenue; two miles south and three west of Archer — between Archer and Hospers.
The chief says the fire department saw the combine in flames as they approached the scene. He says they used water to fight the fire.
He says the cause of the fire appeared to be a hot part inside the combine.
Chief De Boer reports that the combine was totaled, with $30,000 to $40,000 worth of damage.
He says they used less than 500 gallons of water to fight the fire, and crews were on scene for about an hour.
He says the incident could have happened to anyone, but it’s a good reminder to farmers to look over their combines and blow them out occasionally, do routine maintenance, and check bearings.