By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Firefighters from Imperial were called to a fire about 15 miles southwest of Imperial Tuesday about 4:45 p.m., where a baler had caught on fire.
The baler was being operated by Tab Wood on Ron Johnson’s ground, where Wood was baling oats.
Imperial Fire Chief Bryan Dannatt was uncertain what caused the fire, but the piece of equipment was quite engaged when the Imperial Volunteer Fire Department arrived on the scene. They applied “quite a bit” of water and foam to get it extinguished, he said.
When Wood discovered the baler was on fire, he pulled it over to a dirt corner of the field and detached the tractor he was driving, Dannatt said.
The fire chief believes the baler was totaled in the fire.