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Bales of Hay Still on Fire in Comanche Co.

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LAWTON Okla_ A fire burned throughout the night, claiming more than 100 hay bales in Comanche County.

The Valley View Fire Department spent the holiday in full uniform, as flames broke out in a field on 75th Street just north of Highway 7 around 11:30PM Tuesday. The blaze continued to burn throughout the day, and now officials are searching for a cause.

The fire is finally in its final stages Wednesday evening. Crews are smothering the last embers with dirt, but long before the flames were put out, officials wasted no time in launching an investigation into the cause of the fire which they consider suspicious.

2014's first flames of Comanche County flourished for over 19 hours. The flames used thousands of pounds of hay as fuel. The fire sent the Valley View Fire Department flying in order to prevent the worst case scenario.

"Every time it doesn't rain and it starts drying out, you see all that dead grass out there," Valley View FD Assistant Fire Chief Ronnie Smith said. "The wind's blowing, it catches that grass, and it'll go fast."

Firefighters on the scene were able to get some special help, not just from nearby fire departments, but from essential farm equipment in order to keep the blaze contained.

"That hay, you just move it around a little bit and just, it's really dry," Smith said.

He said reports of fireworks in the area Tuesday night are more than likely to blame. With hours upon hours of flames and smoke, he said it's too early to tell. One thing is for sure, though:

"We need rain bad," Smith said. "Everything's just dry."

Those dry conditions certainly don't help situations like these. With nearby homes in the area, they're making sure everything is completely out. Crews have not released a timeline on when officials hope to have their investigation wrapped up.

The Cox's Store Volunteer Fire Department also suited up and helped crews battle the blaze.

 

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