The driver of a hay truck that caught fire saved a nearby farm from potentially thousands of dollars of damage.GEOFF ADAMS January 7, 2014 9:05am
The tray truck, carrying 20 rolls of pasture hay, burst into flames on a rural road near Undera last week.
The driver, who didn’t want to be named, was passing a stubble paddock that contained field bins with about 50
He continued for several hundred more metres trying to find a safer place to stop and eventually came to rest at an intersection.
The truck and its load were completely destroyed by the fire shortly after the driver jumped from the cabin.
Property owner and farmer Ian Christoe said if the truck had stopped earlier, the fire, fanned by a southerly breeze, would have swept through his wheat stubble, possibly destroying the field bins and setting fire to a tractor that was also in the paddock.
The Gillieston farmer — who was driving his truck to deliver the hay — said he noticed hay on fire while driving west along Coomboona Rd and looking into the rear vision mirror after another truck passed him.
He said he saw the stubble paddock and realised the danger as he was driving.
‘‘I knew that when a load catches fire like that, you have some time before it reaches the cabin,’’ he said.
‘‘I continued for several hundred metres to get to a more open paddock. But I couldn’t have gone any further.
‘‘I was only about 10
Mr Christoe said he was thankful the driver didn’t pull up immediately he noticed the fire, otherwise his field bins and tractor could have been caught up in the fire.
‘‘He pulled up where he was clear of the long grass,’’ Mr Christoe said.
Although the fire spread to a few hectares of maize stubble and burnt some fencing near the intersection with Neal Rd, Mr Christoe said it was still a better outcome than it could have been.
‘‘If it had got into the wheat stubble up the road it would have been a big fire that might have spread much further.’’
Mr Christoe was working on his farm at the time and didn’t know there was a fire until he saw the smoke and emergency vehicles.
The driver had called 000.
The 1981 Ford truck was completely burnt out, but it was insured.
Six CFA units from Mooroopna, Undera, Merrigum and Tatura attended the blaze just before 1.30
The Mooroopna branch of Red Cross has celebrated 100 years of service to the local community.
The Tungamah Football Netball Club has completed a fairytale season to clinch the Picola and District Football Netball League South East Premiership with an emphatic 106 point win over the Katamatite Tigers at Tungamah.
Billed as ‘Fabulous Flowers and Fine Food’, Tatura’s Anglican Church Parish had a successful fundraiser on Thursday, September 4.
If you see smoke coming from Barmah this week, it's most likely planned burns which are taking place to reduce bushfire risk.
David and Katrina Christie’s Nanneella dairy farm is now home to one of the biggest sheds in the district, a 160m by 37m monster.
Don’t write Ky off yet, says coach ahead of preliminary final
Seymour event packs out St Mary's College on Saturday night.
Star Tocumwal defender took her club's A grade best and fairest award last weekend, adding to her 2014 PDNL medal.
Mia Mia Cricket Club is about to field its first cricket team since 2001
MP, District Govvernor among the honured guests welcoming in a half-century of service to community.
Breakout seasons from Deni Rovers Jamie Thorpe and Nick Hay have seen the pair rewarded with respective best and fairest titles.
Seminars to discuss how constraints will affect the delivery of environmental water through the Murray-Darling Basin will be held in the Goulburn Valley this week.
More than 320 000 foxes and 1500 wild dogs had been eradicated under the bounty scheme in the past three years.
- Motorcycle ride raises money for cancer charity
- Leukaemia patients come together to support Light the Night Benalla
- Permit sought for a clay target shooting range at a disused quarry at Baddaginnie
- Acclaimed pastry chef returns to Benalla
- Benalla resident on journey to help others with mental illness
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.