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‘It’s a developing situation’ - Two ‘significant’ crop fires see 16 Suffolk fire engines mobilised

PUBLISHED: 14:37 14 July 2018 | UPDATED: 14:44 14 July 2018

Crews tackle a crop fire (stock image) Picture: LUCY ALLERTON

Crews tackle a crop fire (stock image) Picture: LUCY ALLERTON

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Suffolk firefighters are currently battling two significant crop fires as the warm weather and “tinder dry” conditions continue to pose challenging conditions for the service.

A total of 16 fire engines have been mobilised to tackle the blazes, which have broken out in fields near Great Wenham and Bungay.

A fire service spokesman said the Great Wenham Fire, which is near Capel St Mary in the south of the county, had been reported at around 1.40pm.

Four engines were in attendance, with a further four en route to attend at around 2.20pm.

“It’s a developing situation,” the spokesman added.

“It’s affection a large area of stubble, around eight acres in size.

“The field is well alight,”

One property is reported to be located in a field next to the blaze, but is not currently at immediate risk of danger.

One command unit and a unimog – a multipurpose all-wheel drive truck – have also been called to attend.

Meanwhile, a further two engines are attending another standing crop fire in Topcroft north of Bungay.

Four more engines had been called to support.

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