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Fire risk concerns for grain growers

Thursday September 26, 2013 - 13:45 EST

The hot, dry weather is causing wide-ranging issues in grain areas where chickpea harvesters are catching alight.

Grazier and grain-grower from west of Clermont Peter Anderson says spot fires are taking some of little feed left in the region.

He says the announcement of a dry outlook for the next three months has him feeling very nervous about fires.

"It's a great concern... I was talking to a couple of people yesterday who have parked up their headers yesterday afternoon because they were having a fire in the harvest every half an hour or so," he says.

"It's not only the damage to the machine but they could lose the crop.

"The risk is very real and it's something we've got to be vigilant about."


- ABC

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