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Header goes in Dhurringile fire

A header, seven tonnes of wheat and 5ha of standing grain were destroyed after a header caught fire at Dhurringile on Friday afternoon.

GEOFF ADAMS December 17, 2013 4:07am

The Gleaner header was destroyed by the fire.


A header, seven tonnes of wheat and 5ha of standing grain were destroyed after a header caught fire at Dhurringile on Friday afternoon.

Grain and oilseed grower John Dickinson said he was halfway through harvesting a paddock of wheat off Stewart Rd when his header caught fire.

‘‘I saw a spot fire in the rear view mirror about 40 to 50m behind the header,’’ Mr Dickinson said.

When he grabbed his fire extinguisher and hit the ground he saw the fire underneath the header.

He called 000 when he realised the fire was out of his control.

He said it was lucky the wind drove the fire towards the nearby Stuart Murray canal which acted as a fire break.

Mr Dickinson believes the fire started in the engine bay and could have been caused by an electrical fault.

He doubts it was caused by dust accumulation.

‘‘I blow it out regularly and keep it fairly clean.’’

Mr Dickinson said the Adco Gleaner header was worth about $60000.

The crop and header was insured and Mr Dickinson hopes to finish harvest with another header.

CFA incident controller Bill Stockdale said firefighters were called to the Stewart Rd blaze at 4.20pm.

‘‘When we arrived on scene the header was well alight and the crop fire was spreading,’’ Mr Stockdale said.

‘‘We went around the perimeter knocking wheat down.’’

Mr Stockdale said it was lucky the fire did not jump the property’s channel.

He said crews from Murchison, Tatura, Toolamba and Mooroopna took 30 minutes to control the blaze.

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