What started as a ditch burn spiraled out of control on Hayes Avenue, turning into a field fire that ravaged most of the property’s 80 acres west of Fort Dodge Tuesday afternoon.
Barnum Fire Department responded to a call at 1637 Hayes Ave. at approximately 2:45 p.m. Residents Joyce and Rich Lennon said the burn started as a way to help clear the ditch of litter.
“The wind just picked it up and changed it,” Rich Lennon said, estimating an hour after it started that about 65-70 acres had been affected. “Fortunately, the fields around us were plowed.”
The fire quickly gained a charge, producing a plume visible from miles away.
He said the field, used for the Conservation Reserve Program, was planned to have prescribed burns in October and again this spring.
Fort Dodge Messenger
Curtis Charles Newcomb, 56, passed away Saturday March 28, 2020 at his home.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date at the West Liberty Community Center. The Henderson-Barker Funeral Home in West Liberty is caring for Curt's family. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.hendersonbarkerfuneralhome.com. Memorials may be made to West Liberty Fire Department and Rescue Unit or Curt Newcomb Memorial Fund.
Curt was born September 24, 1963 in Iowa City the son of Charles and Louise (Rabe) Newcomb.
He a graduate of West Liberty High School in the Class of 1982 and received his Associates Degree in Electronics from Hamilton Tech College. On April 28, 1984 was united in marriage to Lisa Noring at the First Church United in West Liberty.
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A helicopter crashed Tuesday afternoon in Audubon County, about a mile away from the Guthrie County line.
Responding crews from the Audubon and Exira Fire and Rescue Departments discovered the helicopter and field on fire due to a power line that was taken down during the crash. Officials said two people were killed in the crash. Both were from Minnesota. Investigators are waiting to identify the victims until family is notified.
The investigation and determination is being handled by the FAA, assisted by the Iowa State Patrol Technical Investigation and the Audubon County Sheriff’s Office. Assisting Tuesday night was the Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office, Guthrie County EMA, Audubon County EMA, Audubon Fire & Rescue, Exira Fire Department and Audubon County Secondary Roads.
KETV-TV ABC 7 Omaha
Back in 1969, a young Whiting firefighter responding to one of his first fire calls raced to town, in the process nearly losing control of his vehicle on a gravel road because of his speed.
After the grass fire was extinguished and the firefighters had returned to the fire station, Floyd Crossley sat the young firefighter down to talk to him about his recklessness, which someone had observed and reported to him.
Crossley said arriving a few seconds later wasn't going to make a big difference, and it was more important to arrive safely than not at all.
"If you go in the ditch, you're of no use to us," Terry Bearce said
Sioux City Journal
A town in Benton County is working to have some Easter fun, despite the need for social distancing. The Garrison Fire Auxiliary created an Easter egg hunt, but it's a little different than you may be used to seeing. They colored and cut out paper eggs and placed them all over town. They are encouraging people of any age to go out and see how many they can find hidden in windows and storefronts. "They are scattered all over town, high and low. Some are a little tricky to find," Erica Flickinger, with the fire auxiliary, said. "We have a Facebook post, and once you think that you found all of them, you go and put your guess on there. The first one that is closest will get first prize and we have second and third prize as well." Organizers say the hunt is their way of helping people find some fun -- while distancing.
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