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1000 tonne of hay lost

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December 22, 2017

The hay stacks fully engulfed by flames on Tuesday morning. Photos courtesy Mathoura Rural Fire Service.

Up to 1000 tonnes of hay and silage was lost to fire in the early hours of Tuesday morning due to what firefighters believe was spontaneous combustion.

Mid Murray Rural Fire Service acting district coordinator Dog Adamson said the fire started about 1am in stacks were located on a property off Royal Rd at Hill Plain, about 5km west of the Cobb Highway and 18km west of Deniliquin.

‘‘Our firefighters left the scene about 3.30pm and all the bales were destroyed,’’ Insp Adamson said.

‘‘We have continued monitoring, and while the stacks have been broken up we do expect it will continue to burn for a few more days.

‘‘Knowing we were likely to have strong winds and poor conditions on Wednesday, firefighters created a 100 metre fire break to try and prevent the fire from spreading.

‘‘We’ve had no more real trouble with it since, but the landholder will be required to do a significant clean-up.’’

Insp Adamson said the Mathoura and Hill Plain brigades responded to the blaze, with nine firefighters operating two appliances.

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