Fire crews have spent the night dampening down a fire that started in a hay barn just off Valley Road between Swanage and Harmans Cross.
Swanage Fire Station along with crews from Poole, Westbourne, Hamworthy, Ferndown and Springbourne were called to the barn fire at 2.24 pm on Monday 5th July 2021. Around 400 tonnes of hay has been affected by the blaze.
The smoke is “causing some concern in the area”
Swanage Fire Station reported:
“We’ve been dealing with a barn fire at Knitson since about 2.30 pm. We’ll be here for sometime yet.
“The smoke from this fire is now causing some concern in the area and we’re asking residents of Corfe Castle and Harmans Cross to keep windows and doors closed. Please take extra care if you’re travelling in the area this evening.”
At 5.24 pm a crew from Wareham Fire Station was despatched to back up the teams tackling the fire, with a Unimog, its off road vehicle.
“The farmer is moving unaffected hay away from the scene”
Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue control room added:
“Crews have attended from Swanage (fire engine and small 4×4 pump), Poole (two fire engines and a water carrier), Westbourne, Hamworthy, Ferndown and Springbourne – Westbourne and Springbourne have now been released from the incident.
“Approximately 400 tonnes of hay has been affected, about three quarters of this has been moved away from the barn by the farmer using farm machinery, and the remainder remains within the barn, with firefighters continuing to damp down using two main jets.”