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Iowa man trying to burn dead grass causes large brush fire

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HONEY CREEK, Iowa (AP) -- A resident who tried to burn dead grass caused a fire that spread to nearby field, requiring the efforts of four southwest Iowa fire departments to control it.

Pat West, who lives northwest of Honey Creek near Interstate 29 and 152nd Street, tells the Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil that he intended to burn only a small section of his backyard. Instead, strong gusts of wind carried the flames north into a nearby field, and West says his attempts to extinguish the fire himself were futile.

Four area fire departments responded to the fire at about 12:15 p.m. Monday and contained it within an hour.

The National Weather Service had issued a warning reflecting the dry conditions, but West won't be fined because Pottawattamie County wasn't under a burn ban.

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