QUICK action to remove smouldering hay bales has prevented a major fire on a property near Kerang.
Firefighters were called to the hay storage facility adjacent to the Kerang-Koondrook Road, 3 kilometres from the town, at 8.07am on Friday.
On-site staff were using a forklift to remove bales when the first of two tanker crews arrived.
Smouldering bales were isolated in a clearing while firefighters squirted water on to bales in one of a series of hay storage sheds.
Firefighters spent some time dousing the smouldering bales.