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Dry Conditions Ignite Recent Brush Fires

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Brush Fires are popping up across the QCA, we're told warm temperatures and extreme dryness are making it easier for the flames to ignite and spread.

There were two brush fires that quickly got out of control in Scott County Thursday afternoon. The first happened along I-80 West, near the Hidden Hills golf course. The second happened at a home in Donahue, burning a barn to the ground.

There are still dry conditions out there as the drought continues in our area. Dryness combined with the latest warmth is the right mix for an out of control fire. In Iowa, 21% of the state is still in an extreme drought.

Parts of Scott and Clinton counties are exceptionally dry. 

Illinois however, is faring better than Iowa. Most of the state is not in a drought. Although, a small portion of Rock Island county and all of Whiteside county is considered abnormally dr 

One of the impacts of this drought, has been recent brush fires.

In Bettendorf, off of I-80 there isn't much left. Trees are burned to the ground, everything charred black. Firefighters say what made it worse was that most of these trees here are dead, which only fueled the fire.

What happened was a maintenance worker at the rest stop was burning some brush when it got out of control. Luckily, there were no injuries, but firefighters say it's too easy for something like this to happen.

"Even with the rain that's forecasted the next few days, it's not gonna be enough to adequately soak all this material. With the winds that are coming, what rain we do get, and what rain we have had, it will dry this material out very quickly," said Fire Chief Mark Sagle of the LeClaire Fire Department.

If you are planning on burning anything, fire officials recommend you do small areas at a time to keep yourself safe.

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