Help keep your farm safe during the heatwave

13 July 2022

East Anglia
A firefighter walking along a blazing field

Farmers are being urged to take action to minimise the risk of farm fires as the heatwave continues in East Anglia.

In Cambridgeshire alone, the county's fire and rescue service dealt with five incidents of fires in the open in the second week of July, requiring more than 30 fire engines, with more than 140 firefighters for around 16 hours.

Since April last year, crews have attended more than 60 farmland fires, many involving stacked or bailed crops. Also around 30% of the fires attended involving farms were started deliberately.

To minimise the risks, Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue has issued this advice, which includes steps to consider when stacking bales.

Lincolnshire Fire Service also has this advice on preventing farm fires during harvest.

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