A HARVEST safety alert has been issued after four fires in the past week had been triggered by harvesting operations, NSW RFS Riverina said.
It also comes around the same time as a grass fire ignited west of Wagga yesterday during a very high bushfire danger period.
That particular is still being investigated.
"Due to the increased risk of fire in the Wagga, Lockhart, Junee and Coolamon areas, the NSW RFS is requesting harvest operators immediately stop and check local weather conditions before deciding whether it is safe to continue harvesting," the RFS said in a statement.
Those conducting harvesting are advised to do the follow:
- Stop harvesting operations.
- Check weather conditions, check the grain harvesting guide, and check your equipment.
- Only resume operations if safe to do so and regularly reassess the conditions.
Riverina zone's operational officer Bradley Stewart said the bushfire season is "well and truly here".
"Yesterday showed how a wind-driven fire can present a very real and significant risk," Mr Stewart said.
"It can destroy a person livelihood.
In the safety alert, the statement reads the NSW RFS appreciates the cooperation of farmers on days of heightened fire danger.
"Stopping harvesting until weather conditions ease lowers the risk of fires breaking out and can prevent a great deal of damage," it reads.
For information on Harvest Safety Alerts and the Grain Harvesting Guide, visit NSW RFS.