Mile of fire on Suffolk road

FIREFIGHTERS had to deal with a mile of fire after sparks from farm machinery set light to verges in mid Suffolk.The incident happened as a tractor was towing equipment on the main road between Stonham Aspal and Mickfield on Saturday afternoon about 12.

Richard Cornwell

FIREFIGHTERS had to deal with a mile of fire after sparks from farm machinery set light to verges in mid Suffolk.

The incident happened as a tractor was towing equipment on the main road between Stonham Aspal and Mickfield on Saturday afternoon about 12.30pm.

Crews from Stowmarket, Debenham and Needham Market attended and found numerous small fires on the roadside for about one mile, plus an area of hedging around 40 metres by 50 metres alight.


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They used hoses and beaters to extinguish the flames and were at the scene for more than an hour.

Later in the afternoon, crews dealt with a series of small fires in undergrowth and grassland.

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They were called to grass alight at Rectory Lane, Newton Green, stubble on fire at High Street, Long Melford, trees at Puddlebrook Recreation Field at Haverhill, rubbish alight at Chiltern Airfield near Great Waldingfield, and undergrowth at Orchid Close, Ipswich.

Crews also dealt with a 60 tonnes haystack at Ilketshall St Lawrence near Halesworth,

Officers decided to let it burn out under supervision while protecting other nearby stacks and a barn.

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