This is the time of year when people burn off brush, grass and crop debris before the spring planting season.
But those controlled burns can quickly burn out of control.
Crews responded to an out of control fire around 3 p.m. Sunday just east of Colo near the Story County and Marshall County line.
Fire crews were able to contain the flames before they reached any structures.
The National Weather Service advises people to avoid burning when it’s this dry or if it’s windy. Don’t leave any open burns unattended.
When the fire is out, continue to watch it for at least an hour to make sure any remaining embers die out.
Two fires also burned out of control in eastern Iowa last week and again in Newton on Friday.