A header was damaged and about 24 ha of wheat crop destroyed in a fire at Stewarton last Tuesday night and the following day homeowners near Wahring were on alert during another crop fire in high winds.December 26, 2012 5:15am
At Stewarton, farm owner and header driver David Anker escaped injury after he unsuccessfully tried to extinguish the blaze that was started by the front of the four-year-old header.
In a bid to minimise damage to the machinery, Mr Anker disengaged the front and moved the header out of further danger.
He estimated the machinery damage was about $90
Mr Anker praised the efforts of the CFA volunteers who saved a large portion of his remaining crop.
The day after the fire, friends moved in with two headers and started work on harvesting his crop and in the evening two more arrived to finish the job by 11
‘‘It was really good. I’m very lucky to have such good neighbours,’’ Mr Anker said.
He was also grateful that no-one was hurt and the fire was largely confined to his own property on Benalla Boundary Rd.
An excavator was used to knock down burning trees to ensure embers were extinguished.
A total of 16 tankers were called to control the fire.
On Wednesday, with a Total Fire Ban in the Northern Country, a fire that was believed to have been started by a mechanical fault in a header burnt out crop, fencing and trees at Wahring, north of Nagambie.
CFA District 22 operations officer Peter Brereton said crews were still working on underground fires at the site last Friday.
‘‘We brought in an infra-red scanner on Thursday to locate the underground fires; crews are digging out then putting out the deep-seated fires along the creek line,’’ Mr Brereton said.
‘‘We’ll have crews out there monitoring over the weekend in the predicted hot weather.’’
Dookie man Richard Horton yesterday became the sixth person killed on the region’s roads since Saturday.
The Yarrawonga Mulwala Under 16s have claimed their first ever Under 16 premiership on the back of a big score on day one.
Bill Milner of Tatura recently decided to have a test done at Screen For Life in Kyabram.
The Bunnaloo Red Cross folded last month after 75 years in operation.
C4R will work with Campaspe Shire Council to develop a steering committee to help clubs with their proposals.
A woman was killed in a single-vehicle crash at Wyuna yesterday morning.
Former first-class cricketer to coach and play for his new home.
A man was due to appear in court today of numerous charges, including firing a firearm in a public place.
Police are investigating an accident at Burramboot on the Heathcote-Rochester Rd in which four people were killed last night.
Cobram Agricultural Society is reassessing its annual fun run after a 60 per cent decrease on last year’s entries.
Teenager Rowan Smith took his amateur record to 1-1 after a unanimous points decision on Saturday night.
The fruit industry is becoming weary of being told of huge opportunities in markets in Asia by Australian governments which cannot negotiate free trade agreements to get access.
The Benalla Showgrounds is ready for the upcoming football season following the installation of AFL standard goal posts.
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