Warning after firefighters stop Steeple Claydon farm blaze from spreading

The bailing machine was 'fully engulfed in flames'
The bailing machine was 'fully engulfed in flames'

Firefighters battled to stop a blaze from spreading through fields as farm equipment was completely destroyed by fire.

Several crews rushed to Elm Tree Farm, Steeple Claydon, yesterday lunchtime after reports of a bailing machine on fire.

When they arrived, the machine was ‘fully engulfed in flames’ presenting a severe risk of the fire spreading to nearby crops and fields.

But the firefighters, using breathing equipment and high-pressure jets, were able to contain the fire and extinguish it.

Station manager Gary D’Anger, from Bicester Fire Station, is warning people to remain vigilant.

He said: “Following the current spell of dry weather and the predicted hot and dry conditions to come, fire risks in the countryside are currently and likely to remain very high.

“Please take extra care with naked flames and barbeques to ensure that fires do not spread out of control.”