Bird nests a fire risk to tractors, fire service warns farmers
Farmers are being asked to check their engines after fire services attend the first bird nest-related tractor fire of the season.
Feilding volunteer fire station chief fire officer Bradley Shanks said they recently attended a tractor fire caused by a nest, an occurrence that would increase at this time of year.
He asked farmers to make sure they had a good look under the hood any time they shut their tractors or other farm machinery off.
He said those checks included morning and afternoon tea breaks, as birds could build fast.
"It only takes minutes to build a nest."
Over the course of a year, Shanks said they would attend at least a dozen tractor fires due to nests, which was expensive for farmers.
"They build nests where it's nice and warm so in and around the exhaust and motor."
This could cause the engine to overheat the nest and create a fire.