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Early morning fire Sept. 6, destroys as much as 200 tons of hay in pole barn on Dover Lane.

PHOTO COURTESY OF JEFFERSON COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT - Farmers used their equipment to help firefighters save nearly two-thirds of 600-ton store of hay that caught fire early Sept. 6, on Southwest Dover Lane.
As much as 200 tons of hay was destroyed in an early morning fire Sept. 6, in a hay barn on Southwest Dover Lane, in Madras.

The fire in the hay, owned by Dave and Rachel Rydman, of Madras, was reported at 12:07 a.m. When firefighters from the Jefferson County Fire Department arrived, fire was visible from the north side of the pole barn where the hay was kept.

"First and second engine arrived on scene and made first attack to stop fire progression through the rest of the bails," the department noted in a press release.

With water from a nearby hydrant and assistance from Warm Springs Fire and Safety, along with local farmers and their equipment, firefighters were able to save about two-thirds of the hay, and the pole barn, which had only minor damage.

Farmers and firefighters worked together through the night to remove the unburned hay.

Fire officials praised all those who assisted, noting, "Without the farmers and their equipment, we could not have saved as much hay as we did, and the pole barn."

The fire department responded to the fire with six volunteers, two staff members, two engines, two water tenders and a medic. Mutual aid was also provided by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and Jefferson County Emergency Medical Services.

Cause of the fire is under investigation.


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