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Stewarton fire causes $370,000 in damage

A blaze in Stewarton, near Dookie, spread across 68ha and damaged a header that was harvesting a wheat crop.

KAITLIN THALS December 19, 2012 4:05am

A tree burns during a blaze in Stewarton last night.

About $370,000 of damage was caused by a fire at a Stewarton property south-east of Dookie last night.

Country Fire Authority Stewarton captain Ashley Gabler said the fire started at the front of a header being used to harvest a wheat crop on Benalla-Boundary Rd about 7pm.

Mr Gabler said the fire sparked in the comb at the front of the header and spread across 68ha before it was contained about 8.05pm.

Mr Gabler said the owner of the header was uninjured, but lost $220,000 in wheat and $150,000 in damage was caused to the header.

He said an excavator was brought in to knock down burning trees in the area to ensure embers were extinguished, in preparation for today’s hot weather conditions.

Mr Gabler said 16 tankers were called from brigades across the region to control the fire.

He said no roads were closed or traffic disrupted during the blaze.

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