Large hay fire out but still being monitored

Moscow Hay Bale Fire

MOSCOW, Kansas (AP) – Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of a fire that destroyed thousands of hay bales in southwest Kansas.

The fire started May 28 near Moscow and was considered extinguished by June 5. But workers at Abengoa Bioenergy are still spreading the hay out to check for hot spots.

Officials say the blaze destroyed an estimated 38,000 hay bales, most owned by Abengoa. The company says workers will continue to spread the hay for the next few days. Once that’s done, cleanup will begin.

The company has not yet determined value of the hay that was lost.

The Kansas Department of Emergency Management’s preliminary finding was that the fire was caused by lightning but that has not been confirmed. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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