Runoff from hay bay fire kills hundreds of fish in York County creek

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YORK COUNTY, Pa. – Runoff from a hay bale fire has apparently led to a fish kill in a York County creek. An officials tells FOX43 that runoff from the fire spilled into Oil Creek.  The creek is adjacent to the Glatfelter Paper plant.

The ash and hydrocarbon mixed with the water, killing the fish. But the official says it’s not a lot of fish.

Approximately 500 bales of hay and straw caught fire at a Penn Township farm near Route 116 Monday night.  The bales were so tightly packed fire crews returned to the scene on Tuesday due to a re-burn. Thousands of gallons of water was used to thoroughly soak the hay to ensure that the fire was completely extinguish.

The investigation into the fishkill continues.