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Oct 28, 2011 2:12 PM by Adam Bell and Erin Yeykal

Bozeman Straw Bale Maze on fire

Fire has erupted at the Bozeman Straw Bale Maze on Mandeville Lane in Bozeman.

Flames can be seen coming from the maze. Bozeman police and fire departments and the Gallatin County Sheriff's Department are on the scene. Firefighters began dousing the blaze at around noon.

No one was in the maze at the time, according to Connie Mandeville.

Connie Mandeville said she came in early to the maze today and was taking care of some things when she noticed that one of the straw bales near an electrical building was on fire. She said the main damage appears to be to the entrance gate and the straw bales.

About a half dozen people are moving bales that are not burning to try to stop the fire from spreading. A tractor with a forklift is being used to move some of the bales.

About 3,500 straw bales make up the maze and it takes about 150 hours to assemble, owner Dale Mandeville said during an Oct. 3 interview on Montana This Morning.

"Our main goal is just to see smiling faces and that's what keeps me going every year is to see people come back and really enjoy what they're doing out there," Dale Mandeville said in the earlier interview.

According to the Bozeman Straw Bale Maze Facebook page, this is the final weekend that the maze was to be open. The maze opens at 5 p.m. on Fridays, according to the page.

We will bring you more information as it becomes available. Reporter Adam Bell is at the scene. KBZK's Jaki Welch submitted these photos.

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