Huge Haystack Bursts Into FlamesPosted: Updated:
ZILLAH--A huge haystack burning right now in Zillah, and firefighters say it will go on for days.
Firefighters say strong winds made controlling the blaze tough.
In fact, Battalion Chief Ken Shepman said crews probably wouldn't even be on scene if not for the wind.
Neighbors first called 911 Sunday when they saw smoke coming from the stack. Then, at about 1:30 p.m., it burst into flames.
The stack is so big that trying to fight the fire is a lost cause. Crews were there to make sure it didn't spread to other haystacks or buildings nearby.
However, they couldn't control all that smoke.
"Before you could just see smoke coming out from the tarp but now it's completely blowing over towards Zillah, our house is right there," Nikki van Antwerp, who lives next door, said. "Our house is pretty much filled with smoke."
She and her family might have to stay somewhere else until the wind does calm down.
Ward Deaton works with GFI Hay Processing. They're responsible for storing and shipping the hay. He estimated the stack to be worth about $200,000 and said it weighed roughly 750 tons.
Firefighters believe the haystack spontaneously caught fire, as they say sometimes happens to haystacks.
Crews will keep an eye on the blaze, and when it gets smaller they'll actually be able to put it out.