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PHOTOS/VIDEO LARGE BLAZE SPREADS THROUGH WINFORD FIELD

UPDATED: The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service are tackling a large field fire in Winford this afternoon (Wednesday).

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.

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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.

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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

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