CONTROLLED BURN: DNR Investigating After Damage To Property

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The Iowa DNR says its staff didn’t follow procedures last week when a controlled burn turned into anything but.

It happened last Friday near the town of Vinton in Benton County.

The DNR was conducting a prescribed burn when the winds shifted and the fire grew out of control.

Three properties neighboring properties suffered damage to fields, fence posts and trees.

One neighbor lost a metal shed and the classic car parked inside.

The DNR says staff failed to notify neighbors the burn was taking place, something their policies require.

They say a full investigation is being conducted.

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