BRUCE – Several fire departments responded to a corn stalk bale fire early Tuesday morning, according to the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office.
The fire was reported at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday and occurred at 46659 205th St., south of Bruce, Assistant Sheriff Scott Sebring said.
The corn stalk bales were on fire in a feed lot, Sebring said.
“Nine hundred round bales were lost in the fire. The bales were valued at $31,500,” he said in a Tuesday morning press release.
“The cause of the fire is believed to be from bale combustion,” Sebring added.
Also responding initially to the fire were the Bruce Fire Department, Volga Fire Department and Brookings Fire Department, Sebring said in his first press release.
Aurora Fire Department was later dispatched to the scene, he added.
“White Fire Department, Elkton Fire Department and Sinai Fire Department are all being dispatched now to the corn stalk bale fire for tender support. The Brookings Ambulance is also being dispatched for fireman rehab,” Sebring provided in an 8:35 a.m. update.
The Arlington department was also at the scene, the Brookings Fire Department reported.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Brookings Fire Department estimated on its Facebook page that 1,000 bales burned and said all units cleared the scene at 1:30 p.m.