Crop fire keeps crews busy
A FIRE in Kenmare burnt around 15 hectares of crop before being brought under control by firefighters on Tuesday last week.
A header contractor working for Kenmare’s Greg Roll was harvesting lentils when the crop caught alight.
“The machine was blown down from the previous paddock so we’re not really sure how it happened,” Kenmare Fire Brigade Captain, Nathan Smith, said.
“The contractor was not at fault. It was just one of those things,” Mr Smith said.
“We’re assuming the fire started due to static electricity from the header at this stage,” he said.
Fire trucks from five brigades attended which included Kenmare, Rainbow, Yaapeet, Willenabrina and Beulah.
The blaze took one hour to get under control and the clean up took around six hours.
“We urge people to be aware of the weather conditions as they can change in a matter of minutes,” Mr Smith said.
“In this case a total fi re ban was in place in the Mallee district, just two miles from where the fire took place in the Wimmera district,” he said.
There was only minor damage to the header reported. Trees lining the paddock along the Birchip Rainbow Road were also burnt in the blaze.