Fire crews tackle field fire near Corfe Castle in blazing heat

Swanage Fire Station was first on the scene when a crop caught alight in a field near Corfe Castle causing black smoke to billow across the Purbeck countryside.

Fire crews were called to the blaze in Woolgarston at about 12.45 pm on Monday 19th July 2021.

Fire in a farmer's field
Debbie Brown
Fire pump in a field
Swanage Fire Station
Fire in a farmer's field
Swanage Fire Station

“Crews worked hard in the hot weather”

Swanage Fire Station reported:

“At 12.46 pm one pump and our Land Rover assisted by crews from Wareham and Westbourne attended a field fire near Corfe Castle. All the crews worked hard in the hot weather to bring the fire under control fairly quickly.”

Fire in a farmer's field
Swanage Fire Station
Fire in a farmer's field
Wareham Fire Station

Countryside is expected to remain tinder dry

With the Met Office issuing an extreme heat weather warning for parts of the UK including Dorset and temperatures forecast to remain high for the next three days, the countryside is expected to remain tinder dry.

Fire in a farmer's field
Swanage Fire Station
Fire in a farmer's field
Swanage Fire Station

“Consider making fire breaks”

Wareham Fire Station said:

“To all our hard working farmers, field fires are a very real threat to crops, machinery and property. Always have access to a water supply, an exit route from the field and consider making fire breaks as you bale or ted.

“A mobile phone number and a good address will help us find you sooner if the worst does happen!”

Fire in a farmer's field
Wareham Fire Station

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