Heat Creates Dangers for Farmers at Harvest Time

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Numerous county Fire Fighters have responded to a cornfield fire south of Mead near Wahoo.

The fire started Thursday afternoon on County Road K between County Roads 9 through 11.

Midwest farmers have started harvesting their crops amid dry conditions causing fires across thousands of acres of pasture and cropland.

The National Weather Service has issued "red flag warnings" for firefighters and land management agents in Minnesota, Iowa,
Nebraska, Kansas, western Missouri, eastern Colorado, North Dakota and South Dakota. The warning indicates a heightened fire danger in those regions.

Denny Gorton, president of the South Dakota Firefighters Association, says it's unusual to have so many fires burning.

Regardless of the conditions, farmers have little choice but to begin harvesting when their corn, soybeans or other crops are ready.

Farmers like Bruce Rowher, who grows corn and soybeans in northwest Iowa, says he makes sure to keep a fire extinguisher, water and shovel on his combine.

10/11 has a photographer on scene at the fire and we'll update this story with more information as it becomes available.


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