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(Update 5:44-p.m.) 5 injured in I-80 crash Sunday morning; 4 from Ames

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March 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

(In an update to our earlier online story), Five people were injured during a crash involving a semi and two other vehicles Sunday morning, in Pottawattamie County. The Iowa State Patrol says 24-year old Xinyao Li, 26-year old Gao Tianxiang, 45-year old Bo Yang, and 25-year old Shuo Yang, all of Ames, and 32-year old Juanita Kern, of Grimes, were injured in the crash that took place on I-80 eastbound near the 48.5-mile marker, at around 10:55-a.m.

Officials say a 2007 Toyota Camry driven by Xinyao Li, was traveling westbound in the left lane as a semi was passing her in the right lane. The Toyota went out of control and entered the median into eastbound traffic and sideswiped a 2013 KIA Sorento, driven by Juanita Kern. The KIA came to rest on the ditch, while the Toyota spun around in the eastbound lane and was hit by an eastbound 2015 Freightliner semi, driven by 32-year old Daniel Koller, of Mt. Pleasant.

The Toyota ended up in the median. Four people in the vehicle suffered severe injuries and were transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital, in Atlantic, by Medivac Ambulance. Kern suffered minor injuries, and was also transported to CCMH for treatment. Yang, who was  one of the passengers in the Toyota, was later transported by helicopter to the University of Nebraska Medical Center, in Omaha.

Large grass fire north of I-80

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March 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Firefighters from Atlantic were called to provide mutual aid to the Brayton and Exira Fire Departments late Sunday afternoon, in fighting a large grass fire. Atlantic’s grass trucks were called out just after 4-p.m. to 3340 Goldfinch Avenue, about 1.5-miles north of Interstate 80 and a mile east of N-16 (Olive Street). Atlantic fire was told to disregard at 4:19-p.m., as the other crews had the fire under control.

No other information is currently available.

3 vehicle accident on I-80 46mm

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March 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Traffic on Interstate 80 eastbound near the 46 mile marker was at a standstill late Sunday morning due to a three vehicle accident involving a semi. Rescue crews from Avoca and Walnut along with Medivac Ambulance from Atlantic responded to the scene. Some of the victims were said to have been trapped in their vehicle following the crash. At least four people were injured, with those known to have been hurt transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital, in Atlantic. Life Net helicopter landed at the hospital at around 11:40-a.m. and transported at least one of the victims to another, unknown hospital.

Additional information was not available late Sunday afternoon.

Area School Board meetings set for Monday evening

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March 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A few area school districts have their monthly Board of Education meetings set for Monday evening. In Anita, the CAM School Board will gather for a 6:30-p.m. session in the High School Media Center. During their meeting, the Board will discuss and/or act on: Open enrollment applications; Resignations; and, the 2013-14 Audit report. The CAM Board will also review their proposed budget for 2015-16 and set the date and time for a Public Hearing on the 2015-16 Budget. They’re also set to consider a tennis sharing arrangement with the Atlantic School District.

In Audubon, the School Board meets at 7-p.m. in their boardroom at the high school. During the meeting, the Board will act on: Approving a contract for renovation of the track; Setting the dates for Public Hearings on the Budget Plan and Budget Amendment; Approving Early Retirement applications and other administrative matters. And, prior to an exempt session for strategizing over collective bargaining negotiations, the Audubon School Board will discuss a School Board Election timeline, and receive a school finance update.

An in Elk Horn, the Exira-EKH School Board will meet in the Family and Consumer Science Room at the High School, beginning at 7-p.m. On their agenda, is approval of contracts for various coach/assistant coaches, and a Middle School para-educator. They’ll also discuss setting the date for a Public Hearing in April, with regard to approval of the 2015-16 Exira-EHK School District Budget.

OWI arrest Sunday morning in Red Oak

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March 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Red Oak man was arrested early this (Sunday) morning, on an OWI charge. Red Oak Police say 39-year old Michael Wade McFarland was taken into custody at around 3-a.m. at the intersection of east Nuckols Street and Highland Avenue. He was charged with OWI/2nd offense and brought to the Montgomery County Jail, where McFarland’s bond was set at $2,000.

Red Flag Warning for southwest Iowa today (Sunday)

News, Weather

March 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service says extreme fire danger conditions will be in place across the entire KJAN listening area from Noon today (Sunday) through late this evening, due to very low humidity (around 19-percent) and gusty southwesterly winds of 20-to 40-miles per hour. Outdoor burning is highly discouraged due to the fact fields and grassy areas are very dry and will create an effect of adding fuel to a fire.

Red Flag Warning for all of southwest & western Iowa Sunday afternoon and evening

Red Flag Warning for all of southwest & western Iowa Sunday afternoon and evening

Any controlled, outdoor burns that are started may quickly become explosive and out of control, spreading very rapidly, putting lives and property in danger. A Red Flag warning means the critical fire weather condition are occurring or will occur.

In addition, a Fire Weather Watch will be in effect on Monday afternoon and evening in the southwest part of the state (Pottawattamie, Mills, Montgomery, Fremont and Page Counties), meaning critical fire weather conditions are expected. The Watch could be upgraded to a Red Flag Warning tomorrow, so stay tuned for further updates.

 

Extreme Fire Danger Sunday over southwest Iowa

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March 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT- PAGE COUNTIES…435 AM CDT SUN MAR 15 2015

…EXTREME FIRE DANGER TODAY… THE GRASSLAND FIRE DANGER INDEX WILL BE IN THE EXTREME CATEGORY THIS AFTERNOON. EXTREME FIRE DANGER MEANS THAT FIRES START QUICKLY…SPREAD FURIOUSLY AND BURN INTENSELY. ALL FIRES ARE POTENTIALLY SERIOUS. ALL OUTDOOR BURNING SHOULD BE AVOIDED IN AREAS WITH EXTREME FIRE DANGER.

RED FLAG WARNING SUN. for Pott., Mills, Montgomery, Fremont & Page Counties

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March 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

348 AM CDT SUN MAR 15 2015 …

RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 8 PM CDT THIS EVENING FOR WIND AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY FOR ALL OF SOUTHWEST IOWA… …FIRE WEATHER WATCH IS ALSO POSTED FOR MONDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH MONDAY EVENING

* WINDS…WILL BECOME SOUTHWEST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH DURING THE AFTERNOON.

* RELATIVE HUMIDITY…WILL DROP INTO THE 15 TO 20 PERCENT RANGE.

* IMPACTS…ANY FIRES THAT DEVELOP WILL HAVE THE POTENTIAL SPREAD RAPIDLY AND QUICKLY BECOME OUT OF CONTROL. OUTDOOR BURNING IS NOT RECOMMENDED.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW…OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS…LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY…AND WARM TEMPERATURES CAN CONTRIBUTE TO EXTREME FIRE BEHAVIOR. A FIRE WEATHER WATCH MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE FORECAST TO OCCUR. LISTEN FOR LATER FORECASTS AND POSSIBLE RED FLAG WARNINGS.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sun., March 15 2015

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March 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An arbitrator has sided with Iowa state employees who objected to a state proposal that would have forced them to pay up to 15 percent of their monthly health care premiums. The arbitrator sided with the employees’ union yesterday, saying the employee union’s proposal to instead pay $20 a month toward their health care premiums was the most reasonable. Republican Governor Terry Branstad’s office says the decision will “cost the Iowa taxpayers an additional $24 million.”

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Sioux City woman has pleaded guilty to helping Jamal Dean flee after he shot a Sioux City police officer. The Sioux City Journal reports that 34-year-old Evette Morris-Hernandez entered her plea Friday in federal court. She is one of eight people indicted for their roles in helping Dean leave town after he shot Sioux City police Officer Kevin McCormick April 29th, 2013.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A former Des Moines police officer who served more than two years in prison following a string of arrests is back behind bars. The Register reports that officer Brandon Singleton tested positive for methamphetamine twice this month, prompting a parole violation complaint that put him back in the Polk County Jail after he was paroled on January 13th.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A house fire in Waterloo has sent two people to the hospital. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that firefighters rescued a man and a woman from a burning Waterloo home around 3:30 yesterday morning.

Red Flag Warning replaces Fire Watch in Cass & area Counties today (Sunday)

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March 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

341 AM CDT SUN MAR 15 2015

…EXTREME FIRE DANGER OVER CENTRAL IOWA THIS AFTERNOON…

LOW HUMIDITY AND STRONG SOUTHWEST WINDS COMBINED WITH DRY FUELS WILL LEAD TO A POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS FIRE WEATHER SITUATION THIS AFTERNOON OVER MUCH OF CENTRAL AND WESTERN IOWA.

SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-CASS-ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-RINGGOLD COUNTIES…

RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 7 PM FOR EXTREME FIRE CONDITIONS!

Counties in the pinkish-red color are under a Red Flag Warning this afternoon. The flesh colored counties are in a Fire Weather Watch. (3/15/15)

Counties in the pinkish-red color are under a Red Flag Warning this afternoon. The flesh colored counties are in a Fire Weather Watch. (3/15/15)

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A RED FLAG WARNING FOR EXTREME FIRE CONDITIONS…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 7 PM CDT THIS EVENING. THE FIRE WEATHER WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* WIND…SOUTHWEST WINDS SUSTAINED 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 40 MPH.

* RELATIVE HUMIDITY…AS LOW AS 19 PERCENT.

* FUEL…90 TO 100 PERCENT CURED.

* IMPACTS…ANY FIRES THAT DEVELOP WILL HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO SPREAD RAPIDLY. ANY OUTDOOR BURNING IS HIGHLY DISCOURAGED AND SHOULD BE AVOIDED TODAY.

* TIMING…SHORTLY AFTER NOON CONDITIONS WILL BECOME FAVORABLE FOR RAPID FIRE GROWTH. THIS WILL CONTINUE FOR MUCH OF THE AFTERNOON ENDING IN THE EARLY EVENING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW…OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS…LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY…AND WARM TEMPERATURES WILL CREATE EXPLOSIVE FIRE GROWTH POTENTIAL.