ONIDA, S.D. – (DRG News) A fire that originated Monday and flared up on Wednesday burned more than 300 round bales, northwest of Onida. Onida Fire Chief Brian Ring says the fire was first reported Monday afternoon about 18 miles west and six miles north of Onida. He says firefighters were called to the hay storage yard about four that afternoon and remained on scene until about 11:00 p.m. that night. Ring says the fire was reported by neighbors and its unknown when it started-so it had a good start before it was discovered. The Agar Fire Department assisted Onida firefighters, as did some neighbors from around that vicinity, who brought loaders and heavy equipment to help move some bales and spread the burning hay. They also brought water to help extinguish the flames. The winds came up on Wednesday and Ring says the department was called back that morning and later again in the afternoon when hot spots rekindled some areas that had already burned. Ring says about 300-350 of the hay and corn stalk bales were burned. The source of the fire is unknown. Ring advises caution with fire sources, as Sully County, like many other areas in the state, is very dry right now.
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