THE Country Fire Authority has advised residents that a haystack fire at Beulah is under control.
Haystack fires are not likely to spread into grassland but do generate a lot of smoke, the CFA says.
Smoke may be visible at these areas: Angip, Beulah, Beulah West, Brentwood, Brim, Crymelon, Dalmalee, Ellam, Galaquil, Goyura, Hopetoun, Hopevale, Jeparit, Kenmare, Lah, Pullut, Rainbow, Rosebery, Willenabrina, Yaapeet and Yellangip.
For more information on hay fires visit the CFA's website.
The CFA issued a haystack fire warning in October to growers after a spate of haystack fires last season.
District 17 commander Lindsay Barry said haystack fires were always a major concern for the CFA.
"There was a significant increase in haystack fires last year, from stand alone bales to huge piles of bales worth thousands of dollars," he said.
Mr Barry said high rainfalls earlier in the year meant there was more growth in paddocks.
"The amount of hay that is being cut will of course make a big impact on how many haystack fires we have. It's looking like there will be less hay cut this year," he said.
People with pre-existing health problems, heart or lung conditions (including asthma), children, pregnant women and older people are more sensitive to the effects of breathing in smoke.
People with existing heart or lung conditions (including asthma) should follow the treatment plan advised by the doctor.
If you need medical advice for burns or exposure to smoke, seek medical advice or call Nurse on Call on 1300 606 024.
Anyone experiencing wheezing, chest tightness and difficulty breathing should call Triple Zero (000).
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