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Area Fire Departments Respond to Hay Fire at Rutledge Dairy

Written by on May 18, 2022

UPDATE: 1:05 pm-. Sheriff Whitney has informed KMEM News that Route A is now back to normal traffic flow. Fire crews will remain on scene for several more hours to control the scene.

MEMPHIS, Mo.- Fire crews responded to a Rutledge farm Wednesday morning just after 11:30 am.

Scotland County Sheriff Bryan Whitney tells KMEM News that his office received the report of a shed full of hay on fire at the Oberholtzer Dairy located a mile east of Rutledge. He says that the fire started when the family was burning trash near the shed.

Rutledge and Gorin fire crews battle a major hay pile fire inside a shed at the Oberholtzer Dairy a mile east of Rutledge.
(Photo courtesy Scotland County Sheriff Bryan Whitney)

The Rutledge and Gorin Fire Departments responded to the call and are currently on scene at this hour. Sheriff Whitney is asking motorists to use caution if they are traveling on Route A in the Rutledge area, as fire crews are having to transport water to the scene to battle the blaze. Additionally, he says that lots of heavy machinery will be operating in the area in an effort to move the hay pile out of the building.

KMEM News will provide further updates as we receive them.