Fire Chief: All Farmers Should Have Disks Hooked Up And Ready To Fight Fires

Near Hawarden, Iowa — All farmers should have a tractor hooked up to a disk, ready to help fight field fires, at least through harvest — that from a northwest Iowa fire chief after a recent fire.

A silage cutter was destroyed in the fire on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, near Hawarden.

According to Hawarden Fire Chief Duane Schiefen, about 2:30 p.m., the Hawarden Fire Department was called to the report of a silage cutter on fire four to five miles west of Hawarden.

The chief says the fire department saw the machine fully engulfed in flame as they approached the scene. He says they used water and foam to fight the fire.

Schiefen says no injuries were reported. The fire department was assisted by the Alcester Fire Department. He says the cause of the fire appeared to be mechanical in nature.

Chief Schiefen reports that the machine was totaled. He says the firefighters who responded were on the scene for about an hour.


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