Fire Marshal: Spontaneous combustion may have burned 400 tons of hay in Utah County

A hay fire at Elberta Dairy. Photo: Utah County Fire Marshall

ELBERTA, Utah, Nov. 21, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — Elberta Dairy properties in Utah County lost approximately 400 tons of hay to a fire Sunday morning.

“The cause is under investigation, but it was possibly caused by a wet stack of hay,” says a noon Facebook post from the Utah County Fire Marshal.

“Did you know that excessive moisture is the most common cause of hay fires? Spontaneous combustion is always a possibility with stored hay, particularly if hay was baled too wet or too green.”

The post did not mention any injuries, or the value of the hay.

Gephardt Daily will have more information as it becomes available.


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