Pesky haystack fire smokes up Carbondale skies |

Pesky haystack fire smokes up Carbondale skies

By Carrie ClickPost Independent StaffCARBONDALE – A burning haystack on a ranch above Carbondale clouded skies over the weekend with smoke expected to remain in nearby skies until Monday afternoon.On Saturday, at 9:06 p.m., Carbondale Fire Department responded to a report of a haystack on fire on ranch land owned by Paul Nieslanik on County Road 101. According to Doug Davis, the fire department’s public information officer, firefighters found a large haystack on fire in a hay yard, with about 50 one-ton bales of hay completely destroyed, and many more large bales heavily damaged in the yard. The cause for the fire hasn’t been determined, and the fire is under investigation by the Carbondale Fire Department and the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office. Carbondale Fire responded with approximately 30 firefighters, four water tenders and four fire trucks. Basalt Fire Department responded with five firefighters. As of Sunday evening, no injuries to firefighters were reported.The fire was currently completely contained Sunday morning, and the damaged hay is being allowed to continue to burn, so Carbondale residents and people passing through the area should expect to see smoke coming from the White Hill vicinity for the next few days, according to Davis. Firefighters are waiting for heavy equipment that will be used to break up the bales so that the fire burning inside the bales can be completely extinguished.”Haystack fires are notoriously difficult to completely extinguish,” said Carbondale fire chief Ron Leach. “In some cases, they can continue to burn for weeks.” The smoke that comes from hay fires, as opposed to structure fires, is much less dangerous to breathe. “Fortunately, the smoke from these fires is not very toxic,” Leach said. Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext.

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