Take Precautions to Avoid Fires During Harvest
Ada, MN — As wheat harvest begins in the area, fire departments are on alert given the dry conditions and fire risks typically associated with harvest. Despite the drought, Ada Fire Chief Steve Petry says they have been fortunate to have a relatively quiet summer when it comes fighting fires. Now that harvest is beginning, combine fires become a common occurrence and he encourages farmers to be both proactive and ready to react to avoid disasters in the field.
Along with cleaning combines and checking for hot bearings, Petry notes that field workers need to be cautious of where they park their vehicles. Make sure to avoid tall, dry grass, or parking hot vehicles on wheat stubble.
Petry also asks motorists to be aware of large, heavy, slow moving equipment making its way to and from the fields and be patient when attempting to get around them.
Ada Fire Chief Steve Petry also asks motorists to please avoid tossing cigarettes out of moving vehicles, discard them properly, and just be extremely careful about any fire activities.