Essex Fire Service was at the scene at Botney Hill Road in Billericay. The Service expected to be there for some time and the road is currently closed. The fire was said to be “under control” but three engines remained at the scene.
Essex Fire Service said in a statement: “Firefighters were called to the scene of a large haystack fire on Thursday evening.
“On arrival, crews reported several hundred tonnes of hay were alight, mainly in two large stacks.
“Firefighters divided the incident into sectors, to allow them to surround the fire as quickly as possible – and worked incredibly hard to do so amid strong winds.
“Crews requested the support of a water bowser – which provides a large supply of water, given the remote location of the fire.
“An off-road vehicle, which supports firefighters in tackling and surround fires in remote locations, was also in use.
“Smoke from the fire could be seen from some distance away.
“At 7.30pm, the fire was surrounded. Crews were working hard to make sure it stays under control – and will oversee it throughout this evening to make sure it burns out safely.
“At 8.30pm, the officer in charge advised that now the fire is under control, the incident is being scaled down to leave three fire engines at the scene. Botney Hill Road will remain closed for now.
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On July 19 temperatures topped 40C in England, creating prime conditions for fires in dry fields.
Essex Fire Service was called out to at least 11 field and shrub fires that day.
If temperatures soar again this year, the lack of rain coupled with the heat could create the perfect conditions for more fires across the country.