Massive hay fire too big to put out
Friday, September 27, 2013, 8:57 - A massive hay fire near Sacramento, California has sent plumes of smoke into the air while at one point, threatened to spread out of control.
It may not be a brush fire but a hay fire near Sacramento, California compromised air quality as far away as San Francisco and at one point threatened to spread out of control.
Flames could be seen for kilometres as the blaze quickly engulfed over four hectares of land.
The fire started Thursday night and continued Friday.
Three hay barns were destroyed in the fire and officials estimate damage so far tops six million dollars.
The fire threatened a hay processing facility near the city of Winters but fire officials were able to protect it.
Plumes of smoke blew as far as San Francisco and San Jose, with numerous calls being made to fire departments about the air quality.
Officials in the East Bay city of Pleasanton warned its residents that smoke from the hay fire may impact air quality for the next several days.
The fire has grown so large that emergency crews say it would take too much water to put out.
It could be days before the fire burns itself out.
The cause of the blaze is under investigation.
Major fire at a hay storage yard in Yolo County impacting Pleasanton air quality. North winds blowing smoke our way. Fire may last 2 days— City of Pleasanton (@pleasantonca) September 27, 2013