SEELEY — Imperial County firefighters called to the scene of a haystack fire Monday found themselves facing a mile-long stretch of burning hay along Jeffery Road near here.
The fire, which started about 2 p.m., erupted in hay atop a Kuhn Hay tractor-trailer rig hauling the hay on Jeffery Road south of Evan Hewes Highway.
The driver of the trailer, Manuel De Jesus Garcia, looked back to see the hay on fire and then swerved the trailer in an effort to dump the burning hay and save the trailer, according to county fire Capt. Lon Hettinger.
County firefighters responding along with crews from Naval Air Facility El Centro worked to extinguish the hay burning on the road.