Eugene Kula says he did not expect his afternoon to get so “hectic.”
The Jones County farmer spent Tuesday afternoon watching as area fire fighters battled a fire at his property at 18437, 120th St., just east of Anamosa.
Kula had been burning bags of garbage early in the afternoon and went back into the house for lunch when he thought it was done burning.
At around 2 p.m., westward winds picked up and blew the controlled burn into a nearby pile of debris and an old barn.
Firefighters from Anamosa, Olin and Martelle had to rotate seven tankers in and out of Anamosa to get water.
Anamosa Fire Chief John Swisher said that no one was injured and that they were able to save the old barn.
Swisher also said that what happened with Kula’s controlled burn is pretty common and that people should be mindful of the elements because “winds can change quick.”