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Firefighters battle ditch fire in Worth county

RURAL WORTH COUNTY – There is a strong danger for fires in much of Iowa right now, and firefighters in Worth county had to battle a fast-moving ditch flame Friday.

A ditch fire was close to getting out of control Friday on 350th Street in Worth county, an observer tells NIT. “I’m sure the fire spread quickly because the wind,” NIT was told.

Around 1:30 am Friday afternoon, the Manly and Grafton Fire Departments were dispatched to 2421 350th Street to deal with the “huge ditch fire that had got out of control.” The firefighters were able to put the flames out fast, but continued spraying the ditch with water to prevent it from starting up again, the onlooker explained.

The Iowa Forecast Grassland Fire Danger Index rates the entire North Iowa area and most of the state at least “very high” for fire danger at this time.

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