At 12 a.m on Tuesday, July 8, the Bastrop Fire Department responded to a barn fire at 13962 Old Bonita Rd. Pam Duncan at the BFD reported that Thomas Crowder, fire prevention officer, said 500 bales of hay were in the barn and in flames.

As of 3 p.m. Tuesday, the effort to fully extinguish the fire was still ongoing according to City of Bastrop Fire Chief Eric Montgomery.

"Hay bales are so extremely difficult to get out," Montgomery said while explaining that tractors were being used to spread out a portion of the hay for firefighters to spray water on in an effort to end the smoldering.

Until the fire is extinguished, the BFD and two state fire marshals who arrived at the scene at approximately noon cannot investigate the cause of the fire. Due to the extent of the damage to the metal-type structure, Chief Montgomery said it may be difficult to establish a specific cause, particularly since there are so many possible reasons a hay fire could start.

The metal barn, which was located on a residential property, is a total loss, and firefighters are expected to remain on the scene for at least a few more hours as of 3 p.m.

"Due to the extreme heat, it's been difficult for them [the firefighters], but they have been hanging in there," Montgomery said.

Fire Station No. 4, District 2 were the initial responders to the fire, and Stations 1, 2 and 5 have also been putting out the flames.