3 structures burned in Eagle Mountain hay fire

3 structures burned in Eagle Mountain hay fire

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EAGLE MOUNTAIN — Several thousand-pound stacks of hay were involved in a fire that burned three structures Saturday morning, fire officials said.

At about 12 a.m., the Unified Fire Authority was called to a wildfire southwest of Eagle Mountain where the structures used to keep the hay dry were engulfed in flames, according to Capt. Fitzgerald Petersen.

“It’s contained, but it’s not going out,” Petersen said. “The hay that was on fire initially is all in one area, so it’s not going anywhere. But, unfortunately, there’s going to be no way to extinguish it without spreading it out."

Fire officials from Utah County were also on the scene with UFA to investigate the cause of the fire, Petersen said, and it was later decided that the investigation is in jurisdiction of the Utah County officials.

“They’re going to be out there for a while,” he said. “Hay fires take hours to put out. They’re unable to penetrate the material with traditional water, so the only way to really put it out is to spread it out, and then that’s just going to take hours.”

No one was injured in the fire.

“There’s going to be some money value loss out there for that particular family,” Petersen said.

Contributing: Jessica Lokeni


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