Tracking Hay Fires

Hay fires impact fodder businesses and the agriculture supply chain, particularly the livestock industries, in addition to utilising the resources of emergency services personnel.

Over the Spring 2023 to Summer 2024 period, reports of hay fires seem to be much higher than previous seasons. AFIA is currently collating a list of hay fires across the country for this period, and we would welcome your input. We have captured the following information below. If you are aware of other hay fire events we would welcome your input via email fodder@afia.org.au.

We will examine this information with the aim of engaging with the broader supply chain to see how we work together the tackle this issue to solve and stamp out hay fires.

Reports indicate that between 1 July 2022 and 30 June 2023 the CFA responded to almost 52 haystack related fires. Between 1 October and 30 November, the NSW Rural Fire Service has attended 18 haystack fires across the NSW RFS Southwestern Area Command.

DateLocationFire typeImpact (approximate)
Spring 2023   
4 SeptemberFalcons Track, Ingliston VICHaystack 
13 OctoberYarloop, WAHay shed100 round bales
25 OctoberClunes Road, Creswick VICHaystack 
24 OctoberGregadoo East Road, Gregadoo, NSWHaystack 20 square bales
24 OctoberTennison Lane, Lockhart, NSWHaystack40 square bales
28 OctoberArumpo Road, Arumpo, NSWHay shed800 bales
31 OctoberHanging Rock Road, Uranquinty, NSWHaystack60 large square bales
7 NovemberKerang, VICHay shed & stacks1832 bales
7 NovemberSwan Hill, VICHaystack 
20 NovemberFouldon, QLDHaystack 
20- 23 NovemberJackson Road, Beazleys Bridge VICHay shed 
30 NovemberInglewood Road, Forest Hill NSWHay shed300 square bales
Summer 2023-24   
1 DecemberDouglas Road, Murchison East VICHay shed 
13 DecemberOura Road, Oura NSWHay shed300 bales
20 DecemberKyabram VICHaystack300 square bales
31 DecemberWill Road, Bangham SAHaystack 
13 JanuaryCrawford Road, Tatura VICHay shed700 bales
14 JanuaryWilson Road, Wyuna VICHaystack 
16 JanuaryCoomboona Road, Coomboona VICHay shed 1200 square bales
17 JanuaryTantanoola, SAHaystack400 square bales
7 JanuaryOxley Bridge Road, Uranquinty NSWHay shed400 square bales
22 JanuaryForbes NSWHaystack200 tonne in large square bales
28 JanuaryHeards Road, Wonwondah VICHaystack 
30 JanuaryKatamatite-Nathalia Road, Nathalia, VICHaystack 
30 JanuaryOlsen Road, KoondrookHaystack 
31 JanuaryMurdoch Road, Kooloonong, VICHaystack 
1 FebruaryForest Road, Whitton NSWHaystack 
1 FebruaryPyramid Hill, VICHaystack  
1 FebruaryPinegrove Highett Road, Mitiamo VICHaystack 
2 FebruaryMcManus Road, Tantonan, NSWHaystack 
2 FebruaryYoungs Road, Nangus NSWHaystack 
2 FebruaryTyntynder Central Road, Tyntynder VICHaystack 
3 FebruaryGeranium SAHaystack 
3 FebruaryKow Swamp, Leitchville VICHaystack 
3 FebruarySchool Road, Bayles VICHaystack 
4 FebruaryPulleine Road, Nairne SAHay shed70 bales
4 FebruaryThree Chain Road, Mitre VICHaystack1000 bales
5 FebruaryHopetoun-Walpeup Rd, Patchewollock VICHaystack 
11 FebruaryModesty Lane, Burrumbeet VICHaystack1000 bales
13 FebruaryMcNicols Road, Kalpienung VICHaystack 
14 FebruaryKooringal Park Lane, Moyhu VICHay shed 
14 FebruaryReillys Road, Yarrawonga VICHay shed 
21 FebruaryQuambatook-Wychitella Road, Lake Marmal VICHaystack 
24 February Gallie Road, Coleraine VICHayshed500 bales
26 FebruaryPine Grove VICHaystack 
27 FebruaryMoyhu VICHaystack 
27 FebruaryDonnybrook Road, Craigieburn VICHaystack 
29 February Barnes Road, Katamatite VICHaystack