Drone footage shows extent of crop fire damage near Knebworth

Some of the damage to the field south of Stevenage, as viewed from Mark West's drone. Picture: Mark

Some of the damage to the field south of Stevenage, as viewed from Mark West's drone. Picture: Mark West - Credit: Archant

Drone footage shows the massive extent of the damage caused by yesterday’s crop fire between Knebworth and Stevenage.

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Mark West, who shot the footage, said the scale of the damage had “definitely surprised” him.

“There is a large valley in the middle of that part of the field which kind of hid some of the damage to the eye,” he told this paper.

The fire near Knebworth. Picture: Smartapix

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

“With the drone it shows up just how big of an area was actually lost.

“The fire managed to scorch a few of the trees that run alongside the railway tracks too – so potentially it could have been a lot worse if it weren’t for the swift action of the fire service.”

The fire near Knebworth. Picture: Smartapix

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


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Five fire engines – two from Stevenage and one each from Welwyn, Welwyn Garden City and Baldock & Letchworth stations – were at the scene as firefighters tackled the blaze with hosereels and beaters. Police officers are also there.

The fire near Knebworth. Picture: Smartapix

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

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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