Firefighters battle massive crop blaze south of Stevenage

The fire near Knebworth. Picture: Smartapix

The fire near Knebworth. Picture: Smartapix - Credit: Archant

Emergency crews are battling a massive crop fire in fields south of Stevenage.

The fire near Knebworth. Picture: Smartapix

The fire near Knebworth. Picture: Smartapix - Credit: Archant

The fire is off Stevenage Road, near Knebworth, with a fire service spokesman telling the Comet there is an “area of stubble approximately 100m by 100m, well alight”.

Five fire engines are on the scene – two from Stevenage and one each from Welwyn, Welwyn Garden City and Baldock & Letchworth stations – and police officers are also there.

The fire near Knebworth. Picture: Smartapix

The fire near Knebworth. Picture: Smartapix - Credit: Archant

A witness told the Comet at 1.55pm that it was “just smouldering now – a large area is scorched, there are several appliances scattered at strategic points dampening the surrounding area”.

The Comet is awaiting further updates from the emergency services.

The blaze near Knebworth, south of Stevenage. Picture: Gary Sanderson

The blaze near Knebworth, south of Stevenage. Picture: Gary Sanderson - Credit: Archant

Smoke coming from the fire south of Stevenage. Picture: Phill Robert

Smoke coming from the fire south of Stevenage. Picture: Phill Robert - Credit: Archant

Smoke coming from the fire south of Stevenage. Picture: Phill Robert

Smoke coming from the fire south of Stevenage. Picture: Phill Robert - Credit: Archant


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