Watertown Fire Rescue dispatched to large hay bale fire
Photo courtesy Watertown Fire Rescue

October 10, 2022
Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.–Watertown Fire Rescue responded to a large hay bale fire Saturday.

The fire at 17434 460th Avenue was reported over noon hour.

They arrived to find about 600 round bales on fire in windy conditions.

The landowner used a tractor and loader to move unburned bales away from the fire.

Watertown Fire Rescue was on the scene for about six hours., making sure the fire did not spread to a nearby pasture or shelterbelt.

After consulting with the landowner, it was decided that the best course of action would be for the fire to become a controlled burn.