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Lyon County Emergency Management Issues Fire Prevention Tips For Farmers

Northwest Iowa — The rains on Wednesday were welcome across northwest Iowa, but the conditions remain dry, and the fire hazard is still real, according to fire officials.

Lyon County Emergency Management Director Wayne Jepsen has released some fire-prevention tips, especially for farmers harvesting crops. He tells us why.

[audio:http://www.kiwaradio.com/files/JepsenA.mp3]

Jepsen says the tips are pretty simple.

[audio:http://www.kiwaradio.com/files/JepsenB.mp3]

He says machinery that’s dusty and filled with stalks is a fire hazard.

[audio:http://www.kiwaradio.com/files/JepsenC.mp3]

Jepsen says there is still a burning ban in effect in Lyon County. A look at the fire marshal’s web page confirms there is a burning ban for Sioux and O’Brien Counties as well.

[audio:http://www.kiwaradio.com/files/JepsenD.mp3]

Jepsen says even if the type of fire you are going to start is not against the burning ban rules, you still need to stay right with the fire.

[audio:http://www.kiwaradio.com/files/JepsenE.mp3]

He says it’s important to remember that when there’s a fire, responders are less able to respond to a fire or emergency call elsewhere, so we all need to be vigilant.

[audio:http://www.kiwaradio.com/files/JepsenF.mp3]

Click here for the state fire marshal’s burning ban page.

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