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Fire Departments Battle Ditch Fires

Northwest Iowa — Firefighters have been busy the past few days in northwest Iowa.

Firefighters from Sheldon and George were called to multiple ditch fires just after midnight Monday morning.

Sheldon Assistant Fire Chief Randy Harms says fire crews were called shortly after 12:30 Monday morning, the departments were called to 270th & Log Avenue, about 2-1/2 miles northeast of Matlock, to a call of multiple ditch fires.

Harms says Sheldon and George firefighters were on the scene for about two hours.
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Inwood firefighters were called out to a fire on Saturday, December 2, 2017 near Inwood.

According to Inwood Fire Chief Mike Knobloch, about 12:50 p.m., the Inwood Fire Department was called to the report of a field fire near 2357 Buchanan Avenue, a mile northwest and a mile west of Inwood. The chief says the fire department saw the grass burning as they approached the scene. He says they put out the fire with water.

Knobloch says no injuries were reported. He says the most likely cause of the fire was a nearby burn pile. Chief Knobloch reports that the damage was limited to about a half an acre of grass. He says crews were on scene for a short time.
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Rock Valley firefighters were also called out again, this time to a field fire on Saturday, December 2, 2017 near Rock Valley.

According to Rock Valley Fire Chief Brent Eshuis, about 3:10 p.m., the Rock Valley Fire Department was called to the report of a grass fire in the middle of the section near Highway 18 and Fir Avenue, two miles east of the Highway 18 and Main Street intersection. The chief says the fire department saw the grass fire along the old railroad bed as they approached the scene. He says they used water to fight the fire.

Eshuis says no injuries were reported. He says the fire was caused by a ditch fire that had been intentionally lit. Chief Eshuis reports that the damage was limited to grass along the old railroad bed. He says they used 600 gallons of water to fight the fire, and crews were on scene for about a half hour.

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