ESSEX Firefighters were called to a fire involving four hectares of stubble in Chadwell St Mary on Tuesday 15 September.
Fire crews used a number of backpack sprayers, beaters and hose reel jets to surround the fire and get it under control.
The fire was extinguished by 3:15pm. The cause of the fire is unknown.
In dry, hot weather like today, it is especially important that people take extra care to reduce the risk of fires. Here is our countryside fire safety advice:
- Avoid open fires in the countryside. Always have them in safe, designated areas
- Put out cigarettes and other smoking materials properly before you leave your vehicle
- Don’t leave bottles or glass in woodlands. Sunlight shining through glass can start a fire. Take them home or put them in a waste or recycling bin
- If you see a fire in the countryside, report it immediately
- Don’t attempt to tackle fires that can’t be put out with a bucket of water – leave the area as soon as possible
- Never throw cigarette ends out of car windows – they could start a fire and endanger lives.