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Combine Fire Prevention and Control Summit

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Paper number  028017,  2002 ASAE Annual Meeting . (doi: 10.13031/2013.11218) @2002
Authors:   M. T. Venem, J. M. Shutske
Keywords:   Fires, Combine, Machinery Fires, Fire Prevention, Safety

Much work was done in the 1970.s and 1980.s related to self-propelled grain combine fires, their causes, and associated costs. To compliment this information, National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) data were analyzed to determine if trends and rates have fluctuated since past research.

Results from 1984 . 1995 and 1997 NFIRS records from all reported states yielded 8,307 combine fires in 38 states. The 1998 . 2000 data from 5 of the top 10 states with combine fire occurrences were also analyzed, providing an additional 620 cases. This work summarizes information related to the time of day, day of the week, month, and year the fire occurred. Summary statistics of the ignition factor that allowed the fire to start, location of fire origin, composition of the material first ignited, and estimated total dollar loss for the combine fires are also identified within this study.

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