With a wet crop and more drying needed this fall, grain dryer fires are on the increase on Nebraska farms. Ray Nance, public information officer with the Nebraska State Fire Marshall’s office says farmers are trying to dry large amounts of grain in a hurry and that is leading to more problems
Nance says its important producers have their dryers properly inspected by a qualified service technician before they fire them up.
Nance says if a fire occurs, immediately shut off the fuel sources and the electrical power to the fan. If the fire is near a propane tank, clear the area for at least a half mile radius and call the fire department. Don’t try to fight it yourself. He cautions not to use water on electrical fires and make sure you have a 20 pound multi purpose ABC fire extinguisher available and know how to use it.