Grains Research and Development

Date: 02.09.2013

Reducing harvester fire risk: The Back Pocket Guide

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Harvester fires can not only damage or destroy machinery but can also cause considerable damage to surrounding crops and properties and endanger life.


  • All harvesters are prone to fire but crop and machine losses can be minimised with hygiene, inspection and maintenance.
  • Bearings, hydraulic lines and belts need to be closely monitored and the harvester should be kept free of dust and chaff accumulation.
  • According to Kondinin Group research, on average annually, around 7% of harvesters will start a fire. Of these, one in ten will cause significant damage to the machine or surrounding crop.
  • If you detect a fire, face the harvester into the wind and evacuate promptly. 

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