On Wednesday, Hawarden Fire Chief Jon Strong says they were called to the intersection of B46 and K22 for a fire in a combined soybean field, about four and a half miles northeast of Hawarden. Strong says they saw lots of smoke on approach, but they were fortunate that the crop was out. They did call for mutual aid from the Ireton Fire Department. He says only about three acres burned, and the only thing they can come up with for a cause is a lit cigarette thrown from a vehicle. Crews were on scene for an hour and a half.
Then on Thursday, Strong says the Hawarden Fire Department was called to another wildland fire — this one was on 500th Street, west of Highway 12 between the pit and the river. That’s right by Chatsworth — about four miles south of Hawarden. The call went out about 3:15 PM. He says there was lots of smoke when they got there. Only about two acres burned, including a little bit of standing corn. But Strong says it looked worse than it was. They asked for assistance from the Akron Fire Department. He says they provided water. The cause on the second fire was a cornstalk on the manifold of a pickup that had traveled through the field, says Strong. Fire crews were on-scene of that fire for about an hour.