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Hay Fire in Texas County

Joe Denoyer - May 16, 2024 1:12 pm

With dry conditions in the area rain is always a blessing and we will take what moisture comes. But with the rain sometimes comes thunderstorms and cloud to ground lightening.

Last night at approximately 7:00pm, Guymon Firefighters responded to 911 calls of a reported hay bale fire west of the Guymon airport off Mile 29. “Firefighters quickly arrived to find a large stack of baled hay fully engulfed in fire”, said Guymon Fire Chief Grant Wadley. Light to moderate rain was occurring at the time with cloud to ground lightening present. Over 200 bales stacked 3 high at an estimated 200 tons were lost in the fire. Winds from the west carried heavy smoke conditions over the airport and extended into Guymon over the next few hours. Firefighters were able to quickly contain the fire and spread was limited to only the bales. At no time were nearby homes, structures, nor any part of Guymon threatened by fire. The remaining burning bales were allowed to burn throughout the night.

2 witnesses nearby actually saw the lightning strike the bales and called 911 immediately.



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