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Fire crews in Weber County decided to let a brush fire burn itself out after it consumed hundreds of hay bales and a barn in West Haven.
Capt. Joe Wadsworth of the Weber Fire District said the fire was unintentionally started by a farmer who was burning some grain stubble on his land near 3500 West and 3300 South. Despite the farmer taking precautions by burning along a property line, the fire got out of control and began burning a hay field on the adjoining property. Besides the bales, the flames consumed a small barn used for storing hay.
Wadsworth said that five engines responded to the scene, but by the time crews were able get the flames contained, the half-acre field was a lost cause, with the hay being either burned up or too smoke-damaged to save. Wadsworth said the landowner decided to let the fire burn itself out. A brush truck and a water tender were left Friday night to monitor the flames.
Fire officials estimated the damage between $10,000 and $15,000. No one was injured.