ATWOOD, Colo. -- Firefighters in northeastern Colorado battled a hay stack fire Sunday night.

According to the Merino Volunteer Fire Department, firefighters from their department were dispatched to assist the Sterling Fire Department at approximately 7:46 p.m.

Multiple rigs and multiple units were used to fight the blaze, which was located north of Atwood. Merino firefighters battled the west side of the stack, while Sterling firefighters handled the east side of the blaze.

Tele-handler operators separated bales and spread the burned bales out, according to Merino Fire authorities.

"In our rural community, we rely on our farmers to assist us," MVFD said in a Facebook post.