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DAVENPORT, IA -- Both Scott County and Jackson County have issued burn bans.

Fire officials say open burning in weather conditions right now can be very dangerous. High winds can blow flames miles away and spark more fires. In addition, the dry grass means very little moisture to slow fires down.

Scott Roenfeldt, President of Scott County Fire Chief Association, says "It's very dry out. Even a cigarette thrown out of a window can cause a fire."

One spark can trigger an entire field fire. Roenfeldt says, "When the wind gets up, the embers could carry as far as the wind can take them."

Scott County issued a burn ban at six o'clock Wednesday evening. Officials say it will stay in affect until enough rain falls in the area.

Davenport Fire Department's Lieutenant Gary Said, says, "It doesn't take much and the next thing you know, we get called and someone was having a fire in their yard. The next thing you know, their fence is on fire. And then the next thing you know, their garage is on fire. It happens that fast."

Tuesday night, over 150 acres near Dixon, Iowa caught on fire. A resident was burning prairie grass, when the winds pushed the flames across the highway onto another cornfield.

Last week, over 500 acres burned in Thomson.

Roenfeldt says, "We got a red flag warning out for today. That means conditions are very favorable for fire. The wind is starting to pick up right now, and one little fire gets into a big fire very quickly.

whether in rural or urban areas, officials are urging residents to follow the burning order. They say it is for the safety of the citizens.

Roenfeldt also adds that recreational burning is allowed during the burn order. However, even when using a grill in  your backyard, make sure a fire extinguisher is nearby.

KWQC's First Alert Meteorologist, Kevin Phelps, says that there is currently a moderate drought, which means Scott County is 1.5 inches short of precipitation. Until the rain falls and grasses turn green, all of Scott County and Jackson County are on burn bans until further notice.

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