Firefighters tackle crop fire near Worcester
Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) is currently tackling a standing crop fire at a farm at Severn Stoke, Worcestershire.
Eight fire engines and water carriers, and 30 firefighters are at the incident which was reported at 16:04 today.
The public are being asked to stay away from Severn Stoke and Croome Court to allow vehicle access down the narrow lanes, until the incident is over. NT Croome Court has been evacuated as the car park is being used as the command centre.
Fire crews from Worcester, Pershore, Droitwich, and Bewdley, with colleagues from Tewkesbury fire station, are working to extinguish the flames and also to create fire breaks around the fields and hedgerows to prevent further spread of the fire. No casualties have been reported.
HWFRS responded to more than 20 wild and open fires on Sunday and Monday. During the sustained dry hot weather, the public are reminded to take note of the following outdoor safety advice:
- Avoid open fires in the countryside. Always have them in safe designated areas
- Take your rubbish with you, especially glass bottles, which can magnify the sun's rays and start a fire as well as hurt people and animals
- Extinguish cigarettes properly, don't throw cigarette ends on the ground or out of car windows
- Only light barbeques where they are permitted - in suitable and safe areas; never leave them unattended
- Never use petrol on barbeques or fires, it can ignite quickly and soon get out of control. Only use approved lighting fuels
- Clear dry vegetation, such as leaves, to form a circle of earth around the fire. Make sure it is downwind and at least 10 metres away from any buildings or structures
- Never leave fires unattended and make sure they are fully extinguished after use
- If you see a fire in the countryside, report it immediately by calling 999. Early detection can prevent it from developing into a large wildfire incident
- Don't attempt to tackle fires that can't be put out with a bucket of water – leave the area as quickly as possible
Further safety advice can be found at www.hwfire.org.uk