Canterbury farmers are being asked to be extra careful when baling and storing hay, following a spate of shed and bale fires in the District. Fire and Emergency has attended at least two fires relating to the baling of hay and its storage in the past two weeks. Fire and Emergency Group Manager Al Hutt says wet weather around Canterbury has seen farmers able to get three to four cuts of hay this spring/summer and with Hay bales containing moisture it can sometimes self-combust. Fire and Emergency says it is important to provide air flow where possible. Allow the hay to breathe; Check bales using a moisture meter or a simple steel rod – if the rod is too hot to hold unstack the pile.