Hay fire in Buckeye Valley could burn for a week

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by Jason Volentine

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Posted on August 21, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 26 at 12:26 PM

BUCKEYE VALLEY, Ariz. -- A massive hay fire on a farm in the west Valley can be seen for miles and will be burning for days according to Buckeye Valley firefighters.

The stack of 200 hay bales each weighing about 1.5 tons caught fire around 6:00 pm.  The fire started on a farm about four miles south of the Buckeye Airport.

The Buckeye Valley Fire District told 3TV the cause is spontaneous combustion. 

According to firefighters, the mass of the tightly packed hay creates pressure which creates heat inside the stack of bales.  The hot desert sun beating down adds to the problem and, if conditions are right, creates flame.

Buckeye Valley firefighters said water would do nothing to help extinguish the fire.  All they can do is watch the flames and prevent them from spreading to other piles of bales. 

The fire is not threatening any structures.

Crews on scene said the fire will likely continue burning until the middle of next week.

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