MOWER COUNTY, Minn. - As the fire danger in increases in southern Minnesota, authorities said there were three farming-related fires Tuesday.
The Mower County Sheriff's Office said it responded to three combine fires, two of which resulted in equipment becoming fully engulfed.
Here's a look at each situation:
- 2:37 p.m., 640th Ave. and 140th St. in Adams: A mid-size tractor and its attachment were fully engulfed. The tractor operator said he noticed a popping noise behind him, turned and saw the fire building behind the cab. The operator was able to escape without injury. The total loss was around $50,000.
- 3:17 p.m., 15000 block of 570th Ave. in Austin: A large combine became fully engulfed after the driver noticed an odor of smoke. The driver was not injured. The total loss was around $75,000.
- 7:16 p.m., 60000 block of 110th St., Rose Creek: An obvious odor of something burning was noticed and smoke was visible inside the combine. No injuries were reported and no damage estimate was available.
As of Wednesday, Mower County is implementing a ban on open burning due to conditions throughout the county and dry fuel supply available. Officials say the the fire situation is explosive and can result in extensive property damage.