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Firefighters Control Hay Barn Fires Near Jaffray

More than 20 firefighters worked through the night to control two large structure fires on a rural property near Jaffray overnight.

Receiving the call just after midnight, South Country Fire Departments arrived on scene to find that two large hay barns were fully engulfed in flames.

“We have firefighters from Jaffray, Elko and Baynes Lake on scene along with a tender and three firefighters from the City of Fernie who were called in to assist,” said Dave Boreen, Elk Valley and South Country Rural Fire Chief. “The homeowners also played a key role in containing the fire as they used an on-site excavator to put in a guard around the fire.”

According to Boreen, both fires were deemed under control by 5:30 am, as firefighters will remain on scene Wednesday work to fully extinguish the flames and put out any lingering hot spots.

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“These were large fires and with the dry conditions right now, they did incredible work to keep the blaze contained to the two barns,” said Boreen.

There were no injuries as a result of the two fires.

At this time, it is unclear what may have caused the hay barns to ignite, but authorities do not believe the fires are suspicious.

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