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Three hay fires burn long in Platte County

Modified: Wednesday, Jul 24th, 2013

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WHEATLAND Hay fires kept area firefighters busy during the past three weeks.

Wheatland Fire Chief Scott Scheller said firefighters quelled three blazes that consumed large amounts of hay: two last week and one early this week. Scheller said each fire took an average of 18 hours to extinguish.

Scheller said none of the fires were near structures and there were no injuries reported. He suspects spontaneous combustion from bailing the hay too early may have caused each blaze.

The unicorporated areas of Platte County remain under a fire ban, which took effect on June 27.

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