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Fire in rural Hubbard County doused

Bruce Henderson watches from his tractor as Park Rapids firefighters douse a long line of burning hay bales. (Sarah Smith/Enterprise)1 / 2
Smoke belches from a line of hay bales eight miles south of Park Rapids on Wednesday morning. (Sarah Smith/Enterprise)2 / 2

PARK RAPIDS - Shortly after 7 a.m. Wednesday, Wayne Henderson smelled "something strange" on his Hubbard County farm.

Shortly after that, the Park Rapids Fire Department was racing eight miles south of town to douse a line of burning hay bales.

Henderson and his brother Bruce, the owner of the farm on 120th Street with the burning bales, began moving as many as they could salvage for their cattle.

"It seemed like it wasn't going to go away," Wayne said as three fire trucks moved in to quell the blazing bales.

The Hendersons said the bales were older and they were surprised after all the recent rainfall, the bales would spontaneously combust.

It took firefighters about an hour to put down the fire. Yellow smoke could be seen for miles.