Fires during harvest season are very common and can be caused by a variety of factors. Though all fires are devastating, fires in the fall have the additional potential of ruining an expensive harvester, burning off a crop that is at full maturity and costly delays to get back to the field. Some of the most common causes of fires during the harvest season include:
- Oil and grease mixed with flammable crop residue that has built up around hot engine parts.
- Sparks from exhaust of harvesters, trucks and ATV’s in the field.
- Dry, worn bearings and equipment malfunctions that overheat or cause sparks.
- Hitting rocks or other objects in the field that causes a spark.
- Doing maintenance such as welding, cutting or drilling in a field with dry residue.