SUPERIOR - The Superior Fire Department was paged at 7:37 a.m. Wednesday to a report of several hay bales on fire at 2946 Highway 9 and 71, approximately three miles west of Superior.
Upon arriving on scene, the fire department requested the Spirit Lake and Terril fire departments for assistance. Help was later requested from Estherville, Lake Park, Milford, Jackson, Minn. and Milford fire departments. Help was also requested from Wedeking Construction to move the burning bales away from the nearby buildings and out into an open pasture east of the residence.
Highway 9 and 71 was closed between 290th Avenue and the Jackson "Y" due to the proximity of the bales to the highway and rerouted onto local gravel roads. The highway was re-opened at approximately 2:30 p.m.
Approximately 370 round bales owned by Dustin Lindsey were destroyed by the fire at an estimated cost of $73,000. It's believed that the bales started on fire by spontaneous combustion as they were just put up approximately one month ago.
Persons travelling in the area should be aware that there will be smoldering hay bales on the east side of this residence for several days. Drivers should be prepared to slow down in the event that the smoke affects the highway. The Iowa Department of Transportation has portable message signs ready should the smoke cause issues for motorists.
All fire units were clear from the scene at approximately 2:30 p.m.
The Superior Fire Department would like to thank the following agencies and companies for their assistance:
n Spirit Lake Fire Department.
n Lake Park Fire Department.
n Terril Fire Department.
n Arnolds Park/Okoboji Fire Department.
n Milford Fire Department.
n Jackson, Minn. Fire Department.
n Estherville Fire Department.
n Dickinson County Sheriff's Office.
n Dickinson County Communications Center.
n Dickinson County Emergency Management.
n Emmet County Emergency Management.
n Iowa State Patrol.
n Dickinson County Secondary Roads.
n Iowa Department of Transportation.
n Tobi's Softtail Saloon, Superior - food.
n Hy-vee, Spirit Lake - delivered water.
n Fareway, Estherville - food and water.
n The Andersons, Superior - delivered and donated fuel.
n Houseman Oil, Estherville - delivered and donated fuel.
n Jay Johnson - tractor for moving bales.
n Wedeking Construction - excavator and dump trucks for moving bales.
There were also many individuals who brought water and food for the responders.