East Texas Rancher Loses 60 Bails Of Hay In Grass Fire

More than 30 acres go up in flames, threatening barns and farm equipment this afternoon.   The fire started a little after 5:00 p.m. on County Road 2142, right off FM 346 in Smith County. That's between Omen and Troup.

The Smith County Fire Marshal's Office says it's not sure what started the blaze. With the dry conditions officials say it could have been anything. The fire got close to a barn and up to a house.

Dewayne McDondald owns the land that burned and lost 60 bails of hay, worth $5,000.  "At this time I think I would rather have lost the barn than the hay," said Dewayne McDonald. "I've got about 130 momma head cows to feed. Not much hay now. If you don't have no hay than you're going to have to sell the cows, or cut down."

McDonald says he hopes to make up the hay this winter, but with the drought it will be difficult. The Fire Marshal's Office says no one was injured in the fire.

Molly Reuter, Reporting. mreuter@kltv.com