Stack of Hay Bales Catches Fire at Nebraska Dairy Farm

June 1, 2015 12:58 PM
Stack of Hay Bales Catches Fire at Nebraska Dairy Farm

Firefighters have responded to a blaze that broke out at Butler County Dairy in Rising City, Nebraska.

Nebraska media outlets report firefighters were called to the dairy farm Sunday afternoon when a stack of 450 1-ton hay bales caught fire. Mark Doehling, assistant chief of the Rising City Volunteer Fire Department, said firefighters from four departments were called in.

Doehling said wind blew the fire away from about a dozen other storage buildings with hay for the facility's 6,000 cows.

Dairy management determined that the fire could not be stopped, so firefighters remained at the scene through the night to monitor the blaze as the hay burned to a manageable level. Doehling says hay that has been contaminated with smoke will not be consumed by livestock.

Doehling said the cause of the fire was under investigation.

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