Fire safety stressed
BELOIT – With dry weather still in the forecast and fire danger prevalent, fire departments in Mitchell and surrounding areas warn people of the dangers and at this time no burning permits will be allowed.
On Wednesday, Oct. 14, Fire District 3 in Mitchell County responded to spot fires around 4:30 p.m. along Highway 24, west of the Glen Elder State Park office.
According to Fire Chief Dan Emmot, the fires were located on both sides of granite creek, north of the lake and they couldn't respond to all of the areas at the same time. Asherville, Simpson and Downs fire districts were also dispatched to help. The fire burned across the corn field in the lake area but was under control by 6:30-7 p.m.
These fires took place after the National Weather Service had issued a Red Flag Warning in the area. The fires are believed to have been caused by possible sparks from equipment.
On Monday, Oct. 11, Fire District 3 also responded to a combine that caught on fire caused by smoldering from soy bean grain dust. A stubble field caught on fire but was quickly controlled off Caleb Road and Hyde Roads, south of Beloit.
All over the counties, soy bean dust, mechanical problems combined with static electricity setting off sparks and dry conditions have been the main cause of recent fires.
"Be careful, keep combines cleaned off so things don't settle on them and everyone stay safe," said Emmot. "And remember to be aware of fire trucks on the road, stop and allow them to pass. Stay clear."