Be fire safe when using machinery

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Landowners in Finley and surrounds are asked to be careful using machinery and mindful of fire risks as the Southern Border region enters a hot spell.

NSW Rural Fire Service is reminding land owners in the Southern Border area of risks associated with using vehicles and machinery around crop, pasture and stubble paddocks.

RFS District Officer Paul Muir said there had been an increase in fires started by vehicles or machinery and re-emerging old pile burns in the local area.

‘‘On hot and windy days... fires can be extremely difficult to contain.’’

‘‘It only takes one spark to set off a serious fire that can quickly spread to adjoining paddocks and properties, potentially destroying valuable crops.

Mr Muir urged farm workers to take precautions when using vehicles in vegetated areas and to check that previous stubble and pile burns are properly extinguished.

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