High winds fanned grass fires across parts of the KJAN listening area, Monday afternoon. Two fires were reported at separate locations in Pottawattamie County, while a third was fought in Union County. The Daily NonPareil reports crews from Macedonia, Carson and Treynor responded to a fire in the 3500 block of Aspen Road at around 3-p.m. They stuck around for a while once the flames were put out, to make sure there were no flare ups.
Council Bluffs firefighters were called to a brush fire at around 3:30-p.m., near the Union Pacific Railroad track a little bit south of the Pott. County Jail, off of North 16th Street. Crews were able to bring the fire under control quickly, but remained for a while to extinguish some hot spots.
In Union County, a fire on the northwest side of Afton, between Lake Afton and St. Edwards Cemetery, kept firefighters busy for hours. Afton Police Chief John Coulter said on his social media page, that the fire was started deliberately, but they don’t know who did it. Several large bales of hay smoldered into the evening once the flames were put out.
Conditions were ripe throughout the day for fire. The National Weather Service had issued a “Red Flag” warning for the entire western half of Iowa, indicating that high winds, low humidity and dry brush were prime for fire ignition.