Horse enthusiasts around the state may see an effect of the Taylor Bridge Fire in higher prices for the hay they feed their animals.
“We’ve already lost some cut hay and we don’t know how far it will go,” said Robin Hunt of Cle Elum, a board member of the Washington State Hay Growers Association.
On Tuesday, Hunt, who owns acreage about eight miles east of Cle Elum, feared his own property may be in the path of the fire. Has worked with a crew to move cut hay out of a barn and onto an irrigated field, where it might be better protected.
Hunt said he couldn’t predict how significantly hay prices would rise, because no one yet has a good assessment of what’s been destroyed, or knows how much farther the fire will go.