A field fire southwest of Centralia drew volunteer fire fighters from three different squads the morning of July 7.
John Spencer Was pulling his one-year-old John Deere round bailer with his brand-new Case-IH tractor when, on the first bale of the 20-acre field when he smelled something burning behind him.
“I’ve lived out here four years, this is only my second year farming,” he said as firefighters from the Boone County Fire Protection District’s Centralia, Hallsville and Sturgeon stations sprayed and raked flaming hay and other firefighters doused the charred but still burning baler with flame-suffocating foam.
“When I was turning the corner,” Spencer said when asked when he first noticed the fire. “I thought it was something inside the bailer, like a bearing or something on top. Then I saw the little fire in the gearbox. So, I kicked the bale out and pulled away to get away from it. I didn’t know what to do, I didn’t know what the right answer was.”
For the complete article, see next week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard