500 acres of crop lost in fire

A fire, started by a header, burned 500 acres of crop in the Kiacatoo area on Monday afternoon. According to Sergeant Peter Gibson, the blaze was initiated when a header caught alight while harvesting at around midday on Monday, 21 November. Seven vehicles from the Rural Fire Service attended the fire. MB/Photographs by Debbie Larkin

 

• A fire, started by a header, burned 500 acres of crop in the Kiacatoo area on Monday afternoon. According to Sergeant Peter Gibson, the blaze was initiated when a header caught alight while harvesting at around midday on Monday, 21 November. Seven vehicles from the Rural Fire Service attended the fire. MB/Photographs by Debbie Larkin

By Melissa Blewitt.

According to Sergeant Peter Gibson, the blaze was initiated when a header caught alight while harvesting at around midday on Monday, 21 November.

“The header fire was quickly extinguished by a number of fire extinguishers on the scene,” he explained.

“While the header fire was quickly put out, crop had caught alight, burning around 500 acres before it could be contained.

“There was a strong wind coming from the north and it was a hot day, so things could have been much worse.”

Sergeant Gibson added it was timely to remind landholders to have fire-fighting equipment on hand at all times, as harvest and temperatures ramp up.

Seven vehicles from the Rural Fire Service attended the fire, and an aircraft was dispatched from Forbes to help with the blaze, but was not needed.

 

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