(Oyens) — The persistent dry conditions are making grass fires that more likely to happen. Within a few minutes of each other, the Oyens Fire Department and the Le Mars Fire Department responded to two separate grass fires this afternoon. The first fire was reported at about 1:25 p.m. along county road C-30 near Otter Avenue. The second grass fire was reported approximately 15 minutes later on county road K-64 north of Oyens at the Oyens gun range. Firefighters were at the first grass fire for a few minutes, but they were at the gun range grass fire for nearly a half an hour. At the Oyens gun range, a berm measuring about 100 feet long had been burnt. Fire officials request people use extreme caution during this dry spell, and to have a water source handy for fire pits and controlled brush fires.