Large hay bales destroyed by fire on farm west of Watertown

June 26, 2022
Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.–Firefighters had their hands full with a large hay bale fire northwest of Watertown Sunday morning.

Watertown Fire Rescue was called to 44440 168th Street a little before 7:00 a.m.

When they got there, they found a large hay storage lot with approximately 800 bales burning.

The bales appeared to have caught fire sometime overnight, and due to high winds, had spread to all of the bales in the lot.

Due to the heat and progression of the fire, fire crews and the landowner agreed that the best course of action was to turn the fire into a controlled burn.

The bales are expected to burn for several days and with current wind conditions residents of Watertown may experience a light haze or smell of burning vegetation.

Watertown Fire Rescue was assisted by the Henry Fire Department.