Evacuation is underway at the north Iowa town of Northwood as a precautionary measure as fire crews battle a fertilizer fire near the local airport. The fire reportedly started around 7:30 this morning and details are few and far between at this point.
One news report has it that sulfuric acid was stored a the facility and may be what is now ablaze. Complicating fire crews' efforts is an encroaching winter storm which is predicted to bring 40 mph winds, gusting up to 50 mph by evening. That wind could not only fan the flames but also carry potentially dangerous fumes farm from the original source of the fire.
So far, beyond a strong odor, no illnesses have been reported, but Northwood has been evacuated to minimize the risk for local residents. We will have more as details become available.