Sep 25, 2023

Rural Kansas hay fire expected to smolder for days

Posted Sep 25, 2023 7:00 PM
Photo Reno Co. Emergency Management
Photo Reno Co. Emergency Management

RENO COUNTY —A rural Kansas hay fire is expected to burn for days.

Just after 3:30 a.m. Monday, Reno County Fire District #4 was dispatched to hay bales on fire at Longview and Herren Road, according to a media release from Reno County Emergency Management .

Approximately 100 large square bales were on fire, stacked about 30 feet high. The burning bales were less than 100 feet from a hay shed that was also full of bales.

Embers were falling down into the hay shed, endangering the bales within the shed. A request for tender trucks was made from Reno County Fire Districts 3, 7, 8, 9, Pretty Prairie, and Hutchinson Fire. In total, 9 water tenders were used to shuttle water to the scene.

Approximately 70,000 gallons of water was used to protect the hay shed and its contents.

Reno County Emergency management thanked Miller Earthworks for providing a large excavator that was used to push over the large burning pile of hay and spread it out. Without the use of the excavator, crews would have had to haul water most of the day until the pile burnt itself down.

Fire crews and the land owner will con monitoring fire. There were no injuries reported.