Weekend of field fires

Firefighters from across Norfolk and Suffolk spent another busy weekend dealing with field fires. Dozens of firefighters yesterday tackled a field fire involving 40-hectares at North Lopham, near Diss.

Firefighters from across Norfolk and Suffolk spent another busy weekend dealing with field fires.

Dozens of firefighters yesterday tackled a field fire involving 40-hectares at North Lopham, near Diss.

They were called at 11.50am to Lodge Farm, Tans Lane, and at the height of the fire there were 15 appliances. By 12.30pm the blaze had spread to a second field of standing crop, but it was brought under control by 3.15pm.

Other field fires yesterday included six hectares of straw at Back Lane, Dickleburgh, and a further six hectares of standing corn at Attleborough.

And at about 7.30pm last night eight fire engines were called to a field fire at Seething, near Loddon.

Two crews tackled a second small fire in a field at Etling Green, near Dereham, at 5.17pm on Sunday. The fire was out by 5.30pm

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A blaze broke out among 15 hectares of standing and cut corn and seven tonnes of bailed straw in a field alongside the A149 at Warham, near Wells, at 5.40pm on Saturday. The four fire crews put the fire by 6.18pm.

And a square mile of standing crops went up in flames, causing the loss of power to nearby homes at the weekend.

Firefighters were called to Brooke Road, Seething, at 4.40pm on Saturday. Twelve fire engines from across Norfolk and Suffolk plus two water carriers helped fight the fire.

Two combine harvesters were damaged in farm fires on Saturday - at Mount Pleasant Farm in Carbrooke Lane in Shipdham, near Dereham, at 6.19pm and at 9.07pm a second combine was involved in a fire at Lodge Cottage in Kempstone, near Dereham.