Elec­tri­cal fault sparks trac­tor fire

Shepparton News - Country News - - INTERNATIONAL DAIRY WEEK 2018 -

Three Coun­try Fire Au­thor­ity crews at­tended and con­tained a trac­tor fire on Thurs­day at Nu­murkah.

CFA units from Nu­murkah, Waaia and Kaarimba at­tended the in­ci­dent on Betts Rd, which hap­pened about noon.

The trac­tor’s owner De­nis Gar­ner said no-one was in­jured when the 100 hp CLAAS Ares 566 trac­tor had an elec­tri­cal fault.

‘‘It just started un­der­neath the cabin and just went,’’ he said.

‘‘On a to­tal fire ban they all come run­ning.

‘‘I had just dropped a trailer off in the pad­dock and went to pick up an­other one.

‘‘It was lucky that the trailer wasn’t loaded with hay. It hap­pened at the right time as it could have been a lot worse.’’

CFA Dis­trict 22 op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer Travis Har­ris agreed.

‘‘It was quite lucky that there wasn’t a lot of wind, which al­lowed crews to rapidly at­tack it and put it out.’’

Mr Har­ris said the fire was not sus­pi­cious but urged the com­mu­nity to take ex­tra care and cau­tion dur­ing the hot weather.

‘‘Sim­ple ac­tiv­i­ties can be ex­tremely dan­ger­ous, even mow­ing lawns can start a fire quite eas­ily,’’ he said.

Burnt out . . . CFA units from Nu­murkah, Waaia and Kaarimba at­tended a trac­tor fire on Betts Rd, Nu­murkah on Thurs­day. Pic­ture: Madeleine Cac­cian­iga

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