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Farmers, PLEASE Take Today Off

Sioux Center Fire Chief Dave Van Holland is asking farmers to stop combining and using their balers for the day due to red flag warning and high fire chances — only asking for today

The Grassland Fire Danger Index will reach the extreme category this afternoon. Extreme weather conditions or a very low moisture content of grasses and other dry organic material on the ground indicate that critical burning conditions exist. A fire will start easily and has the potential to become large and spread quickly becoming erratic with extreme behavioral characteristics. No outdoor burning should take place.

OUTLOOK FOR THURSDAY AFTERNOON…The Grassland Fire Danger Index will reach the high category.

The grassland fire danger product reflects fire danger for native grasses. It is not intended for cured agricultural crops, nor will it reflect conditions in road ditches which have been mowed.

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