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PHOTOS: Multiple calls to Sible Hedingham field fire

Graves Hall Road, Sible Hedingham
24/07/2022 @ 17:14
Incident Number: 173639
In attendance: 1 x Braintree, 1 x Halstead, 1 x Maldon, 1 x Saffron Walden


Firefighters were called to the scene of a large field fire in Sible Hedingham area on Sunday evening.

Due to the large amount of smoke, Control teams received several emergency calls to the incident from people who could see the fire from some distance away.

When firefighters arrived, the fire was spreading quickly.

6.45pm - Update - Crews have reported that this fire is affecting roughly 100 acres of corn and stubble.

The incident has been split into sectors, to allow firefighters to surround the fire as quickly as possible.

Crews are working hard to get the fire under control, but we expect to be on scene for some time this evening.

8pm - Update - The fire is now completely under control, with just one large stack of hay burning.

One fire crew remains at the scene and will do so throughout the night to make sure the stack burns safely.

Station Manager Nick Singleton said: "I want to firstly thank our incredible control team, who have been flooded with emergency calls once again today. Particularly for this incident, they did a fantastic job of managing a lot of calls and making sure our crews got here as quickly as possible.

"Our firefighters have also done themselves proud yet again here. We've had one of our busiest ever weeks across the county and, despite high winds and the continuing dry conditions, they've got this fire under control brilliantly. We've seen so often this week that these fires can be incredibly dangerous - and this one could very easily have been very serious."

We are not treating this fire as suspicious.


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