Crews battle fire burning several acres in Sikeston hayfield

Crews battle Sikeston field fire
Published: Sep. 19, 2022 at 4:58 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 19, 2022 at 5:56 PM CDT
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SIKESTON, Mo. (KFVS) - Multiple fire departments responded to a hayfield burning off of County Road 448 in Sikeston on Monday, September 19.

This is west of the Jeffers Motorsports Park Drag Strip.

According to the Sikeston Department of Public Safety (DPS), the fire is controlled, but not stopping.

It’s believed up to 30 acres have been scorched by the fire.

Sikeston DPS said three non-residential buildings were engulfed in the flames and more than 200 haybales burned.

It is believed a tractor caught on fire, which spread to the hay.

No one has been hurt.

Sikeston DPS Sgt. Tyler Rowe said windy conditions impacted firefighting efforts, causing it to take longer than expected to get the flames under control.

Dry conditions are not helping either.

“Obviously for September it’s really hot, and then on top of that with it being as dry as it is it’s hard for everybody to keep up with putting the fire out,” said Sikeston DPS firefighter Zak Haskin.

Crews plan to work throughout the night to keep the fire under control.

Six total agencies responded to the fire, including the following: Sikeston Department of Public Safety, Scott County Rural Fire Protection District, Oran Fire Protection District, NBC Fire Protection District and Morehouse Fire & Rescue Department.