WAYNE – With harvest in full swing, Wayne Fire Chief Phil Monahan is making sure everyone is aware of the fire dangers following a recent combine fire.
Members with the Wayne Volunteer Fire Department were all hands on deck for a Tuesday evening combine fire three miles west off Highway 35 and one and a half miles north of Wayne.
By the time Wayne Volunteer Fire Department members arrived, the combine was totally engulfed along with the bean head.
The call came in around 6:25 p.m. as the crew stuck around for about an hour and half to make sure all the hot spots were out and returned back to town around 8:15 p.m.
“All of our rural fire trucks were out there, all the water, the tankers, the pumpers, personnel carrier,” said Monahan. “We put some tanks down in the field so the water could go back and forth. They had to haul water out from town out to there because we were short on water.”
Monahan added for those out in the country burning their trash barrels to make sure you put a cover on it and be aware of the high winds.
“Make sure that somebody is around there to kind of watch it or douse it with water,” Monahan mentioned. “Just keep the equipment clean because now the farmers are going full force in the field and keeping it clean will help prevent fires.”
Fire Chief Monahan won’t be issuing any burn permits until the area gets adequate moisture or the crops are out of the field.