Fire crews tackle straw fires

FIREFIGHTERS tackled two big blazes involving 25 tonnes of straw at the weekend.

Two crews, from Needham Market and Debenham, were called to the first fire at 11.35am on Sunday after 15 tonnes of straw bales caught light in Eastern High Lane, Wetheringsett.

Firefighters used a hosereel to keep the flames away from an electricity pole and then left the bales to burn in a controlled manner supervised by the farmer.

Two crews and a water carrier attended a fire involving more than 10 tonnes of straw bales and a trailer, in Stoke Ash, at about 8.15pm on Sunday. Firefighters stayed on site past midnight to monitor the blaze.

A Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “As the crops reach harvest time and the weather gets hotter and drier, then the risk of fire increases significantly.

“As the summer gets hotter the fire service is encouraging people to take care when they are out in the countryside. Simple precautions such as the careful disposal of cigarettes and not using barbecues in the open can prevent fires that often have devastating consequences”.