With Tama County's present drought and the likely drier then average conditions likely to be present this year at harvest the Tama County Emergency Management Agency would like to remind a farm equipment operators that hot and dry conditions pose as big a threat as any. Dry corn can catch fire easily and burn rapidly. This will not only endanger you and your equipment, but your crops as well. To avoid this possibility, watch for overheated bearing or belts, remove chaff and stalks from near the manifold, and keep your harvesting machinery equipped with a fire extinguisher at all times. For further information on harvest fire safety or general harvest safety please contact the Tama County EMA at: (641) 484 6261.