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Hot and windy weather brings yet another crop fire to Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 17:06 04 July 2018 | UPDATED: 17:23 04 July 2018

One of the crop fires tackled previously by Suffolk firefighters Picture: ARCHANT

One of the crop fires tackled previously by Suffolk firefighters Picture: ARCHANT

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Firefighters are again battling a standing crop fire in Suffolk - amid warnings the hot, windy weather is making for challenging conditions.

The latest fire was reported in a field near to 20 Acres Wood in Thurston, near to Bury St Edmunds, at around 3.40pm.

A Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said the blaze had been spreading but crews had managed to slow its progress.

Two crews from Bury St Edmunds and one from Elmswell had been called to tackle the fire, with one having stood down.

It follows a busy period for firefighters across the county

Yesterday, 12 fire engines fought a blaze in 40 acres of standing crops near Hengrave Hall; six were called to tackle a blaze in undergrworth in Mildnehall, and a further eight put out a stubble and combine harvester blaze in Bramford.

Crews were also involved in tackling several smaller fires and a number of road accidents.

Mark Hardingham, Chief Fire Officer for Suffolk Fire and Rescue, said: “With the extreme hot and dry weather to continue throughout the Wimbledon fortnight, the Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service encourages everyone to be extra vigilant. Be aware of fire risks when you are out in the open, especially near to standing crop, crop stubble or trees and undergrowth, all of which is currently tinder dry.”

Richard Rout, who is responsible for public protection Suffolk County Council, added: “As well as our partners, we would also like to give special mention to the employers of our on-call firefighters. The willingness of employers to release their staff for firefighter duties is a fantastic tribute to their community spirit and allows us to keep Suffolk safe.”

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