Field Fire

We had some excitement across the road today. While Cambridgeshire swelters in un-British temperatures, the field opposite our house caught fire

Since it was barley due for harvesting and ready for haymaking, the fire spread quickly.

Fire engines doused the original line of fire from the drove at the end of ours and then moved into our drove as the wind turned, to direct an offshoot from the original fire-line in our direction.

The fire moved frighteningly fast..

Six fire-engines, an incident truck and two police cars later, it was subdued just before it reached the (new) telegraph poles that carry our broadband.

Drones were sent over to check for sparks smouldering in the rest of the field and in the field across the dyke from our house.

Then we were able to open our windows again, relieved that nothing worse than smoke and some scraps of burned hay had invaded our homes.

As the emergency services left, the poor farmer was ploughing over his cremated hay.

How’s the heatwave treating you in the UK?

What freak weather has been visiting readers in other parts of the world?

17 thoughts on “Field Fire

    1. Nothing has been discovered. Looking over the field from my bedroom we can see how much of the field was burned – much more than we realised at the time as it travelled towards us. (Probably just as well we didn’t know.)

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    1. The local news reports said investigation was ongoing, but it’s most likely to be jst the hot weather and dry hay – or maybe the sun reflecting off a can or piece of glass. Thanks for your concern.

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  1. Don’t know how people deny climate change. What a scare! My home town was hit very hard in 2017 with the Northern California fires. Many friends and family lost their homes. Less than half a mile from my home. We were evacuated in the night. My girls still worry when they smell smoke.

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    1. I thought of those fires yesterday. We weren’t really in serious danger – we thought… although it was frightening how quickly the flames travelled. We moved our cars around the back of the houses and there was talk of us being evacuated if it came closer. Thanks for reading.

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  2. I am glad you are all safe and well.
    It’s very hard for the farmer a fire a week or two later after he had the crop harvested wouldn’t have been so bad. There is always a danger in the fens of the ground itself catching fire, luckily this doesn’t seem to have happened.

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    1. Looking out this morning from our bedroom, we can see the fire covered more ground than we realised at the time. The field next to us – just across the dyke from our driveway – is also barley and ready to harvest: the drone operators spent some time in our garden checking no stray spark had started anything off. I suspect that will get harvested pretty sharpish now.

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    1. Indeed. All our electricity and communications come overhead as we live in the middle of fields.
      Although it seems trivial to worry about such things when people elsewhere have lost homes, pets and even and family members to wildfires

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    1. It looked bigger at the time. I was wondering at first why they’d sent 6 fire engines (around 40 firefighters, according to the news), but looking at the amount of field it covered in such a short time I guess it could easily have got out of hand. As a formet townie, this is the first one I’ve experienced. Hopefully, it will be the last. Thanks for dropping by.

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  3. In the southeast US, it has been hot as hell’s kitchen, but what really amplifies that is the thick humidity. Glad to be typing from a computer inside, though I’m not eager for cold temps to come back any time soon.

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