A hay truck fire that closed down both lanes of Highway 14 near the Pendleton Woolen Mills on Aug. 20 is likely due to a mechanical issue.
According to Camas-Washougal Fire Chief Nick Swinhart, a hot exhaust pipe from the engine may have ignited the hay, based on observations at the scene.
“We do not know the precise cause of the fire and, in fact, we likely will never know, simply because the truck was destroyed,” he said.
According to witnesses at the scene, motorists on Highway 14 spotted a truck carrying a load of hay that was on fire just before 3 p.m.
A call to 911 came in shortly afterward, and firefighters worked to douse the hay fire with water as a backhoe loader also worked to put the fire out.