Field fire in Thurston as conditions remain dangerously hot and dry

PUBLISHED: 21:19 23 July 2018 | UPDATED: 21:19 23 July 2018

Firefighters tackle another field blaze (file image)  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Firefighters tackle another field blaze (file image) Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN


Firefighters in Suffolk tackled yet another field blaze today as the heatwave continues.

The county’s fire brigade was alerted to the fire in Thurston, near The Dell Caravan Park, around 5.20pm.

The fire was understood to have involved straw, field stubble and hedge, as well as a baler.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service sent vehicles from Ixworth, Bury St Edmunds, Elmswell and Newmarket.

Crews used six hose reels and beaters to extinguish the fire, in a field off Thurston Road, by 6.45pm.

In a statement, the fire service said: “Combined fire control received a call to a field stubble fire and mobilised three appliances due to the number of calls.

“The first pump to arrive requested a further pump plus the water carrier to assist with extinguishing as there were several seats of fire and a baler had caught alight.

“Six hose reels and beaters were used to extinguish the fire.”

Police attended to close the road while firefighters worked at the scene.

The recent hot and dry conditions have brought a surge in wildfires in the county.

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