Tuesday, May 31, 2016
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Weather Service Issues Fire Warning for Western Iowa

 Under the ban, all open burning is prohibited, unless a permit has been issued. 

(Des Moines) -- Dry and unseasonably warm temperatures have prompted the National Weather Service to issue a warning for fire danger in 19 western Iowa counties.  The weather service issued the warning Tuesday morning.  The dry and warm conditions are expected to continue through Wednesday and with winds likely to increase to 30 mph, officials say fires could quickly spread and be dangerous.  The warning is in effect from Tuesday morning until 7 p.m. on Wednesday.  An increased risk of fire exists across much of Iowa and will continue through the week.  A slight chance of showers is in the forecast for the weekend in western Iowa.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -  Iowa farmers are being urged to be careful as dry and windy weather increases the fire risk during harvest. Some law enforcement officials have asked farmers to stop harvesting until conditions improve. The weekly crop report yesterday showed 91 percent of the corn crop is now mature.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Firefighters have doused an early morning fire that had threatened several homes in a Sioux City neighborhood.  Fire and rescue crews were called to the Tallview Terrace Mobile Home Park around 2:45 a.m. this morning.  Assistant Fire Chief Pat Flynn says the recent dry weather and the wind helped fuel the fire.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.  No one was hurt and crews had the fire out in about an hour.

(Undated) -- Texas Governor and Republican Presidential hopeful, Rick Perry is coming to northwest Iowa.  On Saturday, Governor Perry is scheduled to hold a meet and greet at the McCarthy and Bailey's Irish Pub located at 423 Pearl Street in Sioux City.  Perry is scheduled to be in Sioux City at 9:30 a.m.  Following his Sioux City visit, Perry will hold a second meet and greet session at Orange City beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the Blue Mountain Culinary Emporium and The Barn.  From there, he has scheduled his third meet and greet at Spencer at the Pizza Ranch restaurant located at 528 Grand Avenue.  The Spencer meet and greet is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m.

(LeMars) -- In an effort to help citizens get rid of leaves, LeMars city officials are announcing the city will have the leaf and grass site open each Wednesday in October from noon until 5:00 p.m.  This will be in addition to the regular Saturday hours of 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

(Hinton) -- The Plymouth County Conservation Board held its annual elk sale on Saturday. Nicholas McKee, Resource manager, reports the auction did not bring as much money this year as it did during last year's auction.  The bull elk fetched a price tag of $410 and the female elk had a bid of $210.  McKee says both elk were purchased by Nickolas Synder of Nemaha, Iowa.  The money raised from the annual elk auction helps with veterinary bills and feed costs for the elk herd located at Hillview Recreational Park near Hinton.


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