Second hay fire in Kern County injures truck driver, burns 1,400 tons of hay

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A second hay fire in Kern County Monday resulted in one injury to a truck driver.

A Kern County Fire Department Battalion Chief noticed the fire near Bear Mountain Boulevard and Coles Levy Road, south of Bakersfield and immediately requested a fire crews.

About 1400 tons of hay were burning in two piles, with an oil field foam truck immediately adjacent to the smaller hay stack along the road at 3:20 p.m. Monday.

The oil field truck driver pulled off the roadway after noticing a brake fire and attempted to extinguish it.

The driver was burned in the incident and transported to a local hospital by private vehicle before firefighter arrival with an unknown extent of injuries.

The brake fire eventually spread to the rest of the truck to the hay stacks.

Firefighters will remain on scene to monitor the situation into the evening.

The Kern County and Bakersfield Fire Departments responded to another hay fire earlier Monday. The fire departments pulled resources from the scene, allowing that fire to burn itself out under supervision of the property owner.

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