Lincolnshire hay-bale fire ‘seen from miles away’
People across Lincolnshire have described seeing a fire which occurred near Gainsborough and raged for several days from miles away.
Firefighters say they were called to the incident at a former RAF base in Hemswell Cliff at 12.48pm on Thursday, January 27.
It is not entirely clear when the fire broke out, but a number of residents have reported seeing fire crews arrive on the scene as early as Monday.
Six fire crews, including those from Louth and Caistor, worked together to dampen down the blaze as smoke billowed into the sky.
They are expected to remain on the scene for several days to monitor the situation.
Residents were advised to close all of their doors and windows to keep the smoke out of their homes.
Speaking yesterday afternoon, Ashley Hildred, divisional commander at Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, said: “We currently have two relief crews and the water carrier at the site, and anticipate fire crews will be in attendance for at least the next few days as the materials involved burn out.
“The fire initially involved large piles of woodchip which had self-combusted and are still smouldering.
“Under the impact of strong winds yesterday [Thursday], this spread to 30,000 nearby straw bales which continue to actively burn.
“We’re continuing to monitor wind conditions and keep partners updated on any impacts.
“Although the smoke isn’t currently affecting properties, we would ask residents to take sensible action if the wind direction changes and to keep doors and windows closed if smoke does become a nuisance.”
People have reported seeing the fire from as far as Market Rasen, Wragby, and Caistor.
The cause is currently unknown.
Updates to follow.