Huge hay bale fire in Great Offley

PUBLISHED: 07:43 21 September 2018 | UPDATED: 07:43 21 September 2018

A thousand tonnes of bailed hay caught fire in Great Offley overnight. Picture: @HitchinFire1

A thousand tonnes of bailed hay caught fire in Great Offley overnight. Picture: @HitchinFire1

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Firefighters have been tackling a 1,000-tonne hay bale blaze in Great Offley through the night.

Road closures have been put in place in the Great Offley area due to the smoke. Picture: @HitchinFire1Road closures have been put in place in the Great Offley area due to the smoke. Picture: @HitchinFire1

Herts Fire Chief Darryl Keen has described the fire – which broke out during the early hours – as “significant”, and said the alight hay bales were “in close proximity to buildings in Great Offley”.

He added that the windy weather was “not helping” crews from Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, who have been tackling the blaze.

Herts police tweeted to say road closures have been put in place so motorists are advised to avoid the area.

Due to the windy weather, those living nearby are advised to keep their windows shut until the fire has burnt out.

Herts Fire Chief Darryl Keen said the windy weather has not helped crews from Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire who have been tackling the blaze. Picture: @HitchinFire1Herts Fire Chief Darryl Keen said the windy weather has not helped crews from Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire who have been tackling the blaze. Picture: @HitchinFire1

Relief crews arrived on the scene before 7am, but the fire is not yet out.

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