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Firefighters battle huge Moulton farm fire




The fire started at about 11.30am today (3277214)
The fire started at about 11.30am today (3277214)

About 200 acres of straw stubble set alight in Moulton as the summer heatwave continued.

The field fire started at about 11.30am when temperatures climbed past 26°c as farmers at Moulton Manor Farms were bailing straw.

Farmers were bailing straw when the fire started (3277212)
Farmers were bailing straw when the fire started (3277212)

Around 40 firefighters and eight fire engines, including a crew from RAF Lakenheath, fought the blaze with smoke from the burning straw seen as far away as Newmarket and Soham.

About 200 acres of straw set fire (3277216)
About 200 acres of straw set fire (3277216)

Police closed Ashley Road as fire crews battled the field fire, with emergency services leaving the farm at about 2.30pm once the blaze was extinguished.

It is the latest in a string of fires as the hot weather dries out crops and fields.

Crews from USAFwere drafted in to help (3277226)
Crews from USAFwere drafted in to help (3277226)