A number of appliances from stations across the Island are on scene at Alverstone Road, where a fire is ripping through a field beside the carriageway at great speed.
Crews are battling to stop the blaze from spreading to nearby houses and gardens.
They were first alerred at around 13:10.
UPDATE @ 13:40 – Firefighters are continuing to tackle the fire with 2 fire appliances from Ryde, 2 from Newport, 1 from Shanklin and a water carrier from Ventnor on scene. The Land Rover from Ryde is also in attendance.
A mixture of hose reels and main jets are being used on the 4 acres of field that are alight.
UPDATE @ 13:57 – The blaze has been successfully contained to the boundary of the single field, with fire crews now working hard to fully extinguish the fire and damp down the area.
Thankfully, it appears as though the field has recently been harvested. Farmers have been able to save a large number of straw bales.
Attention is being paid to a machine which appears to have caught light also, although it remains unclear at this stage if this was the cause of the ignition.
UPDATE @ 14:15 – A hose reel jet is being used to protect a property on Alverstone Road, where 1 of the Ryde appliances is situated.
The road is closed as a result of the firefighting, which means Route 8 buses are not seving Winford at this time.
UPDATE @ 15:12 – Alverstone Road has now re-opened to traffic as the incident winds down.
Thankfully, no persons have been injured as a result of the fire which has taken 4 pumps, 8 hose reel jets and 1 main jet to bring under control.
It has been confirmed that a straw baler is to blame for starting the fire. The machine overheated causing a bail to set alight.
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Gepostet von Island Echo am Mittwoch, 11. Juli 2018