Two Giant Haystacks Ignite after Lightning Strikes
PASCO, Wash. - Lightning strikes ignite two large haystacks in a field East of the water towers off Road 68 in Pasco Thursday night.
Firefighters say it started just before midnight as a storm rolled through the area .
The owner of the haystacks along with firefighters tried to save the hay and dowse the flames, but the wind picked up and the fire quickly spread.
Firefighters say there was nothing they could do but sit back and watch it burn.
"Me and a buddy tried pulling the tarps off and couldn't get it, so we ran a line and started hosing the top of it trying to cool every thing down. But the fire just went up. The wind started picking up about 15 - 16 miles per hour, and it just took the stack. Other than that, we just sat back and let it burn," said Danny Bandy with Columbia County Fire in Dayton.
The fire was no threat to any homes in the area. Firefighters suspect the charred hay is worth tens of thousands of dollars. It could take up to 24 hours before it's completely out.