BRAWLEY — Firefighters from throughout the Imperial Valley battled haystack blazes that erupted Wednesday and burned into the early-morning hours today inside a hay compressing company southeast of this city.
While the cause of the initial fire was unknown this morning, fire officials do know the blaze started in a stack of Bermuda grass hay about 20 minutes after it was hauled into Border Valley Pressing at 604 E. Mead Road.
The fire, which spread to other haystacks, broke out just before 3 p.m. and county fire crews were called at 3:12 p.m.
The fire ignited in a large stack of hay placed under a metal shaded facility inside the hay company, which is at the intersection of Mead and McConnell Roads.
If there was any good news from the fire, it was that there was no west wind hampering the effort to control the blaze, said county fire Capt. Lon Hettinger.