2017-05-19 / Front Page

FIELD AFIRE

Tis the season for hay baling and, unfortunately, a hay fire. City of Gaffney Fire Department members responded to a rare farm-related incident in their district Wednesday afternoon when a hay baler caught fire at a farm off West Rutledge Avenue near Windslow Avenue.

Gaffney Fire Marshal Billy Bishop said the operator of the hay baler was at the opposite side of the large field when the hay baler caught fire. He said the man tried to get the burning machinery across the road to a water source and the fire began spreading. Luckily the hay had just been cut so it didn’t have too much time to dry out, Bishop noted.

Gaffney firefighters were assisted by the Macedonia Volunteer Fire Department at the scene and the two agencies used their brush trucks to navigate the farm land. About five acres of hay burned.

The Blacksburg Fire Department also reported responding Wednesday to a fire involving farm machinery.

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