Shropshire firefighters battle another combine harvester blaze

Firefighters were forced to tackle another large fire on agricultural land at Hodnet on Sunday.

A fire engine on the scene.
A fire engine on the scene.

Fire officers and farm workers were seen battling to stop the blaze which, images suggests, destroyed a large section of a wheat field.

According to Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service, they first received the call at 1:30pm and "three hectares of stubble" were affected.

Tractors pour water over the field to help contain the fire.

Shropshire Star's Dominic Robertson, who was on the scene, Tweeted: "Hoses were being used to break the fire line and prevent it spreading."

Several fire engines were seen operating, with local farmers appearing to assist.

The fire service said: "4 fire appliances including the Incident Command Unit, the Incident Support Unit and the Water Carrier were mobilised from Hodnet, Market Drayton, Prees and Wellington. Operations and Safety officers were in attendance."

Shropshire Fire and Rescue have been called to a number of similar incidents over the past few days, including a major blaze in High Ercall.

The field fire at High Ercall. Photo courtesy: Holly Bourne.

One onlooker described this particular incident as "soul destroying" for farm workers.

It's been confirmed that the blaze started when a combine harvester caught alight. Shropshire firefighters have battled a number of combine fires in recent days.

The results of a combine harvester blaze last week. Photo courtesy: Matt Alcock

In footage of the incident, tractors could be seen spraying water on the field, further away from the combine which the fire service were dealing with.

Although two fire engines were seen leaving the scene just after 1pm, Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed at around 3pm.

The stop message was eventually received at 17:09.

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