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MESERVEY, IA – It’s not flooding, but fire concerns that have fire fighters warning residents not to set and leave uncontrolled flames in light of today’s blaze that destroyed one rural structure in Meservey, Iowa.
Several north Iowa departments responded to a chicken coop that caught fire near Meservey this afternoon. There was no livestock inside, and nobody was hurt, but with several grass fires also being reported this weekend, firefighters say it’s time for everyone to be careful with flames.
“Every spring this happens, just make sure that you do not leave what you have started burning, Try to keep a good distance away from other structures. By all means call your local fire department. We’re more than happy to come out and help keep things safe,” said Meservey Fire Chief Jon Kaduce.
With many expected to burn brush wood from their properties, Chief Kaduce warns that precautions must be taken if you’re to do this safely.
“People see all this rain that we get and they assume that its good time to burn what they need to but that’s not the case. It’s still very dry out there and that’s how people fall into those traps. Then we get called out to take control of the situation,” said Chief Kaduce.
He also suggests calling the fire department before lighting any compost fire so they’re aware that it’s happening and may even do the job for you for safety’s sake.