Home' Plains Producer : PP_130306 Contents THE County Fire Service has
released a reminder to farmers and
land owners to closely monitor piles
of organic waste, after two recent
cases of spontaneous combustion
in the district.
Crews were frst called to a fre
at Balco in Bowmans about 2am
on Monday morning, after a pile
of discarded hay and extracted dust
caught fre. The CFS was also called
to an organic waste fre at Auburn,
just after 10.30am the same day.
About 20 frefghters and fve
trucks responded to the fre on the
Auburn-to-Manoora Road, about
four kilometres east of the town.
The CFS arrived at the rural
property to fnd two piles of chicken
They were among 14 piles, each
containing 80 tonnes of the organic
CFS prevention services man-
ager, Leigh Miller, said rain that fell
in parts of the region last Thursday
may have contributed to these fres.
"The moisture in organic waste
can cause it to eventually self-com-
bust and start a fre,” Mr Miller said.
"We're reminding farmers and
property owners with piles of simi-
lar waste to inspect heaps for any
signs of smouldering or burning,
such as smoke. If they do discover
it is burning, notify CFS by ringing
This incident followed the Mon-
day morning incident involving a
large pile of foor sweepings and
chaff-dust at the Balco hay-process-
ing plant, east of Port Wakefeld.
"If left unattended these types of
fres could generate burning embers
and cause an unacceptable risk by
potentially resulting in harmful
fres,” Mr Miller said.
"Windy conditions can also in-
crease the risk of a fre spreading.”
Balco general manager, Rob
Lawson, said the large mound of
waste was kept a fair distance from
any nearby sheds or buildings, be-
cause a smaller pile ignited in similar
circumstances last year.
This week’s fre prompted another
rethink on the company's waste stor-
"We've put in a management pro-
cess not to store any organic waste
on site at all,” Mr Lawson said.
"It just takes away that chance
of it happening again in the future.”
The waste pile was predominantly
hay sweepings and left over product
from broken bales, with the chaff
dust cleaned out periodically from
extractor fans in storage sheds.
Mr Lawson believed the dust
tended to be more susceptible to
spontaneous combustion and recent
rains in the district left high levels of
moisture in the pile. Once moisture
is introduced to such piles, it trig-
gers bacterial fermentation, which
The heat is unable to escape and
intensifes, eventually to ignition
point once enough oxygen is avail-
able to the heat source.
Units from Balaklava, Owen,
Hamley Bridge and Port Wakefeld
extinguished the blaze.
"We really appreciate the time
and effort from CFS volunteers,
who responded quickly and brought
the fre under control effciently and
professionally,” Mr Lawson said.
The remaining burnt product was
to be carted off site and spread onto
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A FIRE caused about
$250,000 damage to a
Thompson Beach home in
the early hours of Tuesday
The CFS was called to the
house fre just after 2.30am,
when the two occupants of
the timber-framed portable
home at Gull Court were
woken by a smoke alarm.
Both evacuated safely
and contacted emergency
CFS crews arrived a short
time later to fnd the home
Despite the efforts of
20 fre fghters from four
brigades, the house was se-
verely damaged by the blaze,
which started in a bedroom.
Fire cause investigators
were at the scene but were
not treating it as suspicious.
THERE was at last some
widespread summer rainfall
across the district last week,
breaking an extended dry
spell resulting in a number
of rainwater tanks running
Most of the rain fell last
Wednesday, although some
centres received showers on
Tuesday, with isolated falls
Rainfall was relatively
consistent across the region.
In the southern end of
the district, Hamley Bridge
received 18mm, Mallala
17mm, Roseworthy 15mm
and Two Wells 11mm.
Central areas ranged from
14mm at Port Wakefeld, to
19mm at Balaklava and Hoy-
leton, and 22mm at Auburn.
In the north, Blyth had
21mm, Brinkworth 18mm,
Clare 20mm, Koolunga
18mm, Snowtown North
17mm and Watervale 22mm.
LOCAL industrial expansion is teetering on
the edge of fruition after plans for the Wake-
feld Regional Water Supply Upgrade project
received State government Cabinet approval
The project, which secured $10 million in
Federal funding from round two of the Regional
Development Australia Fund (RDAF), will
provide a much-needed boost to water supply
in the district, required to support projected
industrial growth. Wakefeld Regional Council
(WRC) carried several recommendations at last
week's meeting regarding formal arrangements
for construction of the project.
SA Water was contracted to project man-
age and deliver the water main pipeline from
Auburn to Port Wakefeld.
WRC chief executive offcer, Cate Atkin-
son, was delegated to fnalise those contract
negotiations with SA Water.
Mrs Atkinson said a few fner details were
still to be ticked off the checklist.
“SAWater is waiting for Public Works Com-
mittee sign off -- hopefully as soon as Cabinet
approved the project last week,” she said.
SA Water is also still fnalising design ele-
ments of project. These involved mainly the
pipe itself as well as pressure reducing valve
stations, which will be established along the
length of the pipe. The stations require shed
housing, making them subject to a separate
planning approval process.
"Investigations have also been undertaken
to address water pressure issues in Balaklava,
and SA Water has committed to fnding a solu-
tion during construction,” Mrs Atkinson said.
INCIDENT controller Mike Fisher, (on phone) and operations offcer, Andrew Outram, right, with Hamley
Bridge and Port Wakefeld crews at rear.
CFS units extinguish smouldering hay and chaff at Bowmans.
Ticking boxes on water pipeline project
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