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Self-heating (often called spontaneous combustion) is a condition where internal heat generation from a material exceeds its capacity to dissipate the heat, resulting in increased temperature and ignition of the material.

A common type of self-heating involves agricultural products, such as hay or silage. Under certain storage conditions, hay will self-heat, ignite, and cause damage to buildings and property. During the fermenting process in a silo, heating of silage can get out of hand and a fire will ensue.

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