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Bedding catches fire at Four Hills

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Posted on October 19, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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PILES OF SMOLDERING hay smoke in the fields off Plank Road and behind the Four Hills Farm on Burpee Road Sunday afternoon. The bedding hay was heating up when winds encouraged ignition, and the farm piled the hay onto trucks and dumped it on the field for safety. Photo and video courtesy of Patrick Eason of Bristol

BRISTOL — Folks in Bristol may be been wondering why there was so much smoke coming from the farm fields off Plank Road on Sunday. It turns out that is the case of fire in some stored hay at the Four Hills Farm.

Chanin Hill explained in a social media post that the farm had “ been monitoring a pile of bedding hay for signs that it was heating up and sure enough with the addition of (Sunday’s) high winds the situation required action.”

Farm personnel contacted the Bristol Fire Department and asked for assistance in moving the pile to some nearby fields off Plank Road where they could burn out more safely. The relatively strong winds meant the smoke was carried a long distance. The farmers and fire department monitored the smoldering hay until rains Sunday night cooled everything off.

One neighbor said it was a sight to see farm hands load the burning material into dump trucks that then paraded down the road and into the field, where the material was allowed to burn down safely.

Patrick Eason of Bristol used a drone to capture some video of the burning fields, which can be seen with this story posted on addisonindependent.com.

In his social media post, Chanin Hill apologized to neighbors for any undue concern they felt because of the smoke. 

FIRE from eason on Vimeo.

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