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2023 DNR Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants awarded to rural fire departments

2023 DNR Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants awarded to rural fire departments

  • 11/21/2023 11:59:00 AM
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More than $415,000 in 50 percent cost-share grants were recently awarded to 131 Iowa rural fire departments to help their efforts to protect Iowan’s and their property from wildfires. The grants offer valuable funding assistance for wildfire suppression, personal protective and communications equipment.
Stay safe this harvest season

Stay safe this harvest season

  • 9/26/2023 1:05:00 PM
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AMES - As fall harvest starts across Iowa, the risk of wildfires in crop fields increases. Recent rains across Iowa provided some relief from the on-going drought, but crop fields are still dry, cured and could spark wildfires.
Iowa DNR sending firefighters to Montana and Texas

Iowa DNR sending firefighters to Montana and Texas

  • 8/1/2023 12:03:00 PM
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AMES – As wildfires continue to rage in parts of the west, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Fire Program has started to dispatch wildland firefighters to Montana and Texas.
Unhealthy Air in Eastern Iowa Today

Unhealthy Air in Eastern Iowa Today

  • 6/15/2023 2:42:00 PM
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DES MOINES -- Exceedances of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for fine particulates are expected today over the Eastern third of the State. Smoke from wildfires in both Eastern and Northwestern Canada has converged over Iowa and is expected to lead to fine particulate matter exceedances over eastern and east-central Iowa today.
Wildfire smoke contributes to air quality exceedances in May

Wildfire smoke contributes to air quality exceedances in May

  • 6/1/2023 4:11:00 PM
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Des Moines, IA – The Air Quality Bureau has recorded 33 exceedances of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) over the last 14 days. Smoke from wildfires in Northern Canada contributed to 32 ozone exceedances and one fine particulate matter (PM2.5) exceedance between May 18th and May 31st. Iowa has averaged less than four ozone exceedances per year over the last five years. These exceedances are the first of the NAAQS measured in Iowa this year.
Iowa DNR Fire Program gearing up for national wildfires

Iowa DNR Fire Program gearing up for national wildfires

  • 5/23/2023 1:38:00 PM
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AMES – While wildland fire season hasn’t been active yet, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Fire Program has been busy getting firefighters from Iowa ready to be dispatched to wildfires across the country. 
Smoke from Canadian fires expected to impact Iowa today and tomorrow

Smoke from Canadian fires expected to impact Iowa today and tomorrow

  • 5/18/2023 2:33:00 PM
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Des Moines – An approaching cold front is pulling smoke from Canadian wildfires down to ground level, and areas of unhealthy, very unhealthy, and hazardous air quality are being measured across much of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Montana, Minnesota, and North and South Dakota.
Firewise on the Farm

Firewise on the Farm

  • 11/1/2022 1:46:00 PM
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AMES - As Iowa’s annual harvest wraps up across the state, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages farmers to get reacquainted with fire prevention practices to keep the farm ‘firewise.’
Iowa DNR sending firefighters to Alaska, Texas and Colorado

Iowa DNR sending firefighters to Alaska, Texas and Colorado

  • 7/12/2022 1:48:00 PM
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AMES – As wildfires continue to rage in parts of the west, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Fire Program has started to dispatch wildland firefighters to Alaska, Texas and Colorado.
Iowa DNR Fire Program gearing up for national wildfires

Iowa DNR Fire Program gearing up for national wildfires

  • 5/24/2022 3:47:00 PM
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AMES – As wildfires start to rage in parts of the west, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Fire Program has been busy getting firefighters from Iowa ready to be dispatched to wildfires across the country. 
Help protect Iowa’s forests - leave firewood at home

Help protect Iowa’s forests - leave firewood at home

  • 5/24/2022 3:25:00 PM
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Memorial Day weekend and throughout the summer, thousands of Iowa will be camping and building campfires. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages campers to buy firewood from where they will burn it instead of bringing it from home.
Smoky Air? Protect yourself from wildfires

Smoky Air? Protect yourself from wildfires

  • 4/28/2022 1:15:00 PM
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Air Quality Awareness Week May 2 – 6, 2022 DES MOINES—Healthy air is important for everyone. Breathing smoke, however, can be a risky prospect. 
2021 DNR Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants awarded to rural fire departments

2021 DNR Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants awarded to rural fire departments

  • 12/7/2021 2:14:00 PM
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More than $289,000 in 50 percent cost-share grants have recently been awarded to 115 of Iowa’s rural fire departments to aid their efforts in protecting Iowan’s and their property from wildfires.  The grants offer valuable funding assistance for wildfire suppression, personal protective and communications equipment.
Arson investigation leads state conservation officers to Williamsburg man

Arson investigation leads state conservation officers to Williamsburg man

  • 9/9/2021 7:10:00 AM
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Jereme Goltz, of Williamsburg, faces charges including two counts of third-degree arson, felony possession of a controlled substance- methamphetamine (3rd or subsequent offense), and littering following a two-month long investigation by Iowa Department of Natural Resources conservation officers.
Wildfire smoke caused air quality exceedances

Wildfire smoke caused air quality exceedances

  • 9/2/2021 2:38:00 PM
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DES MOINES - Several Iowa monitoring sites recorded exceedances of the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for fine particulate matter last month, including two measurements that were more than twice the national standard.
Firewise on the Farm

Firewise on the Farm

  • 9/22/2020 2:11:00 PM
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As Iowa’s annual harvest preparation hits full stride, the Iowa DNR encourages farmers to get reacquainted with fire prevention practices to keep the farm ‘firewise.’  The following simple steps can save time and money. 
Virtual Outdoor Cooking Series

Virtual Outdoor Cooking Series

  • 8/19/2020 7:07:00 AM
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The Iowa Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) Program is hosting three outdoor cooking classes virtually where participants are encouraged to cook along with the instructors. Classes will be held Sept. 14, Oct. 5 and 19 and there is no fee to participate.
8 steps to building a better campfire

8 steps to building a better campfire

  • 7/15/2020 11:12:00 AM
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Camping isn’t complete without the fire, but getting it started doesn’t have to be a tricky process. Here are some tips to build a successful fire: 
DNR, IDPH and Polk County Health partner to share tips for safe Fourth of July holiday weekend

DNR, IDPH and Polk County Health partner to share tips for safe Fourth of July holiday weekend

  • 7/1/2020 12:26:00 PM
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DES MOINES, Iowa – As the Fourth of July holiday weekend quickly approaches the forecast predicts very warm weather which will draw thousands of people to state parks, beaches, lakes and rivers. The DNR along with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Polk County Health Department are partnering to share some safety tips to help keep you safe this holiday weekend.
DNR Conservation Officer helps rescue duck hunters

DNR Conservation Officer helps rescue duck hunters

  • 10/20/2019 4:17:00 PM
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MONONA COUNTY, Iowa -- On Sunday October 20, at approximately 10:57 AM, Monona County dispatch received a call that Decatur Fire and Rescue was en-route to Tieville Bend Wildlife Management Area for a call of two hunters whose boat was sinking. 
Iowa DNR to begin annual spring burning

Iowa DNR to begin annual spring burning

  • 3/26/2019 1:54:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources plans to conduct prescribed burns within the selected wildlife complexes in Dickinson, Cherokee and O’Brien counties between April 1 and May 20 to improve wildlife habitat, control invasive plant species, and restore and maintain native plant communities. 
DNR awards over $234,000 in grants to 100 Iowa fire departments

DNR awards over $234,000 in grants to 100 Iowa fire departments

  • 12/18/2018 1:15:00 PM
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AMES – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources Forestry Section’s Fire Program, in cooperation with US Forest Service, has awarded $234,459 in 50% cost-sharing grants to 100 of Iowa’s rural fire departments to aid in their efforts in protecting Iowan’s and their property from wildfires. 
Hunter, dog rescued after kayak capsized

Hunter, dog rescued after kayak capsized

  • 10/25/2018 8:21:00 AM
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JACKSON COUNTY, Iowa – On October 20, around 9:00 a.m., the Sabula Fire and Rescue were dispatched to Browns Lake near Green Island Wildlife Management Area for a hunter in the water holding onto a capsized kayak.
Iowa shooters win six events at national competition

Iowa shooters win six events at national competition

  • 8/28/2018 11:42:00 AM
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Marengo, Ohio - Iowa action shooters won six categories at the National Championship of the Scholastic Action Shooting Program, in Marengo, Ohio, led by Dysart’s Nate Gibson who captured top honors in Rimfire Pistol, Pistol Caliber Carbine and Iron Rifle.
Protect sensitive people from heavy fireworks smoke

Protect sensitive people from heavy fireworks smoke

  • 6/21/2018 12:22:00 PM
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WINDSOR HEIGHTS – Whether attending a spectacular Fourth of July celebration or a picnic with backyard fireworks, the aftermath of drifting smoke can cause breathing problems for some. If the air is stagnant, fine particles can be trapped near the ground and build to unhealthy levels.
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