UPDATE: Truck, trailer total loss in fire that spread to field near Budweiser plant
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UPDATE (8 p.m. Wednesday)
The following is taken from a Facebook post from the Idaho Falls Fire Department.
The vehicle/brush fire is contained. The cause of the fire is unknown, but it is reported that the truck and trailer involved in the fire are a total loss at approximately $12,000. The Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office has 65th closed off between 15th West and Yellowstone Highway until Road & Bridge can remove the straw that is on the roadway. Please avoid the area. We would like to recognize the farmers in the area who assisted in putting out the fire by using their heavy equipment. They were a tremendous help!
PREVIOUS STORY (7 p.m. Wednesday):
BONNEVILLE COUNTY – A hay truck caught on fire and ignited a field in Bonneville County on Wednesday evening.
Authorities got a call at 6 p.m. of the fire on York and Jamestown roads (West 65th South and South 15th West, respectively) south of the Budweiser plant. Kerry Hammon of the Idaho Falls Fire Department said the people who had been in the 10-wheeler truck were trying to get the flames out with fire extinguishers. She said the truck was fully engulfed, and the fire spread to a nearby ditch and field.
As of 6:45 p.m., sheriff’s deputies were blocking traffic coming from Yellowstone Highway.
The fire is contained — though firefighers are keeping an eye on it — and no structures are threatened. Hammond said numerous fire trucks responded due to the fact that firefighters have to bring their own water to the area.
The cause of the hay truck fire has not been released.