Deweese, Neb. - A combine started on fire Tuesday around 4:30 p.m. in Clay County five miles east of Deweese. The Clay County Sheriff Deputy responded with multiple units from Edgar Fire Department.
Combine fire off Highway 14
The fire had spread into the stubble field and the strong wind was pushing the fire northeast. After approximately 30 minutes the fire was contained, however units worked for another 45 minutes putting out hot spots in the field and debris that had collected inside the combine. An estimate 50 acres of stubble was burned.
Clay County Fire Chiefs and Emergency Manager want to remind people participating in harvest operations that strong winds are expected to continue and that they can fuel fires in debris that collects inside of combines.
Belts and bearins can heat up and cause fires which can drop onto the ground and spread quickly with the strong winds.
Producers in harvesting operations are encouraged to have a field disk hooked up to a tractor in the field or ready to respond to a fire. Disks can help contain the fire alongside fire fighting operations.
Harvest operations should have a pressurized water fire extinguisher on or with each rig working in the field. Those may keep the fire contained without becoming an issue due to quick action by those working in the field.
The combine that started the fire was damaged but was able to drive off the field.