MERCER COUNTY, Mo. – On Saturday afternoon, the Mercer County Fire Protection District responded to a report of a hay field on fire.

Upon arrival firefighters found several hay bales, a pickup and a large portion of the hay field on fire. Strong winds made it difficult for firefighters to control and contain the fire. Crews enlisted the help of a tractor and rake to move the wind rows away from the fire.

After the fire was contained firefighters burned around the bales to help prevent flare ups.