On Thursday 14 July at 3:53pm we received a call from Stanwardine, Baschurch reporting a fire in the open. On arrival it was clear that a large field fire involving approximately 60 acres of straw and stubble had taken hold.
Five fire appliances including our Incident Support Unit and Light Pumping unit were despatched from Baschurch, Craven Arms, Ellesmere, Oswestry, Shrewsbury and Wem Fire Stations. Using their hosereel jets and with assistance from a Hereford and Worcester Fire Service drone operator, crews were able to bring the fire under control and the incident was reported as closed at 7:55pm.
Station Manager Craig Jackson who was in attendance said: “The hard work of our crews prevented the fire from spreading any further than it did.”
A fire investigation revealed the cause to be accidental due to farm machinery.
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