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Fire in Surfleet (3460488)
Fire in Surfleet (3460488)

LATEST: The fire service says they are having to respond to more grass and field fires than usual due to dry conditions.

This follows Monday's blaze on farm land in Surfleet, where smoke was seen for several miles.

The fire broke out in Scoldhall Lane, behind Spalding Farm Shop, after a combine harvester caught light. The combine and approximately 24 acres of standing crops were damaged.

A spokesperson for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, said: "Due to the very dry conditions we are currently having to respond to more grass and field fires than usual. Our firefighters are very well trained and are able to deal with these emergencies quickly and efficiently.

"The high volume of calls in our area on Monday did put pressure on the service, however with good management, we made sure there were enough crews to cope and all areas had adequate cover.

"The increase in call-outs emphasises how dangerous the conditions still are though, and we need people to take extra care when smoking or using barbecues."

Kelly Smith, of Spalding Farm Shop, praised crews for their rapid response.

She had feared the fire would spread to her house and the shop nearby, where they have pigs, goats and five alpacas.

“At one point the wind changed," she said. "They had nearly put the fire out, then I saw from my kitchen window it all light up again and I thought ‘Oh no’.”

Fire crews were at the scene until around 8pm and back again the next morning to check the area was safe.

The same day a blaze also broke out at 2.59pm in Blazegate, Gedney, where 100 square metres of loose straw and stubble caught fire. The cause is believed to be due to radiated heat from an overheating combine harvester.

Crews from Spalding and Long Sutton attended.

UPDATE: The blaze at Surfleet this evening left damage to a combine harvester and approximately 24 acres of standing crops.

The fire was extinguished using six hose reels, 10 beaters, four sets of breathing apparatus, plus machinery from the farmer to create a fire break. The cause was accidental and there were no injuries

PREVIOUSLY: Firefighters are tackling a large fire on farm land in Surfleet.

The fire involves a combine harvester and has spread to a field of crops behind Spalding Farm Shop in Scoldhall Lane.

Fire crews from Spalding, Boston, Kirton and Donington were called out to the blaze at 6.05pm this evening (Monday).

A further three appliances - from Billingborough, a second from Boston and one from Crowland - are now at the scene, along with a water carrier from Holbeach.

Smoke can be seen from several miles away.

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