Manchester firefighters have responded to several field fires over the past two days.
Manchester Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Graybill says their department was called to Wendling Farms in the 1800 block of 160th Avenue on Friday afternoon around 1:30 pm.
He says combine operations caused a field fire in standing and combined Coen. Firefighters spent about three hours at the scene.
On Thursday, the Manchester Fire Department was called to a field fire three miles west of Manchester along Highway 20. Graybill says the fire started by the road – possibly caused by a cigarette tossed out of a vehicle – and traveled up the ditch to an unpicked field. Two neighbors helped knock it down with tractors and chisel plows. A second field fire broke out late Thursday afternoon east of Manchester along 210th Street and Old Highway 20 and burned half an acre of a picked field. That fire was started by a resident burning trash.
The Manchester Fire Department reminds residents that a burn ban is in effect for Delaware County. The burn ban was issued by the State of Iowa Fire Marshal’s Office last Saturday, October 15th due to high winds, dry conditions and warmer temperatures. Please refrain from all open burning. The burn ban will remain in effect until Delaware County receives substantial rainfall.