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post #1 of 6 Old 07-24-2010, 07:46 AM Thread Starter
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Barn fire risk - please be careful!

An old aquaintance and neighbor of mine had her barn burn to the ground two nights ago.

She had recently had fresh hay delivered; and apparently it was still curing, was packed very tightly in her loft and we're in a record heat wave - conditions that produced combustion.

Fortunately all the horses were out; but the barn (and all the tack!!!!) was a total loss.

PLEASE make sure your hay storage has adequate ventilation, and please make sure you leave adequate space for air circulation around stacked hay bales. Try to avoid storing newly baled, still curing hay.
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post #2 of 6 Old 07-24-2010, 09:40 AM
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Good advise. That's scary and unfortunately far too common. I'm blessed with an enormous , very ventilated loft, if I packed it tight I could fit 2,500+ bales in there. Last year I bought straight off the field hay (and probably will this year as well, because my house is located between my hay guy's fields and his home location, he gives me a deal because he can bring it straight to my place - he also helps unload and stack for me. I love my hay guy!), but since I only bought 700 bales there was plenty of room to spread the bales loosely and allow them to cure.

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Yes, it is very scary. Thankfully for me as well we have a big venhilated loft and during the summer our horses are just out on pasture.
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Oh my god! That is terrible! Thank god all of the horses are okay. Tack can be replaced, but with a horse that you have a relationship with, and love so dearly, that can take a while to get over. Thanks for the warning!
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post #5 of 6 Old 07-31-2010, 08:33 PM
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I was overnighting at a stable that caught on fire from an electrical cord laying on a bit of hay on the ground. I am overly cautous about cords and I never have them laying on anything combustable
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post #6 of 6 Old 07-31-2010, 08:50 PM
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A barn down the street from where I grew up burned because of a hay fire- it was an Arabian show barn and around 20 horses died, including a famous stallion (his name had something to do with Judge or being a Judge...).
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