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Forum staff reports , Published September 12 2013

Hay fire on semi's flatbed backs up traffic on I-94

MOORHEAD – A hay fire on the back of a semi- trailer on Interstate 94 stopped traffic for more than an hour Thursday afternoon.

Drivers and passengers of vehicles in the eastbound lanes stepped into the median and on the shoulder of the road as they waited for the scene to clear shortly before rush hour.

The fire started about 3 p.m. in the eastbound lanes near the Minnesota State Patrol weigh station, just east of the 34th Street exit.

For more than two hours, Moorhead fire crews worked on extinguishing the flaming stack of hay bales that were loaded on the semi’s flatbed. Dilworth and Sabin firefighters helped.

Crews remained on the scene well into Thursday night to ensure sparks did not reignite the dry grass.

Eastbound I-94 traffic was backed-up into Fargo, near the University Drive exit as Minnesota-bound vehicles filed into a detour at Main Street in Moorhead.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

No injuries were reported.