Large straw fire near Kelby

Lincs Fire & Rescue News.
Lincs Fire & Rescue News.

A large quantity of straw and grassland were reported on fire near Kelby, south of Sleaford last night (Monday).

Two crews from Sleaford’s fire stations were called out at 6.38pm to extinguish the blaze.

Any incident of arson is a serious offence and will be robustly investigated.

Chief Inspector Stewart Brinn of Lincolnshire Police

Firefighters used two hose reel jets and farm machinery to put it out.

○ This comes as the Country Land and Business Owners Association warns Lincolnshire farmers to take precautions to reduce their chances of being a victim of arson during harvest.

The CLA says straw stacks are typically targeted during July and October, and these fires cost farming businesses thousands of pounds – as well as causing huge disruption to rural communities.

Lincolnshire Police, which is supporting the CLA’s appeal, has warned anyone suspected of deliberately starting any such fire will be “robustly investigated”.

CLA Eastern Regional Surveyor Claire Wright said: “The summer time and harvest are exceptionally busy times on farms in the county and across the region. Deliberate fire setting causes untold problems for farmers – and the people involved show no thought of the consequences.

“Deliberate straw stack fires destroy important material used in arable and livestock farming – it’s not just a by-product. They can spread rapidly, threatening buildings, livestock, machinery, and, potentially, human lives.

“These fires also keep fire and police service personnel tied up for hours when they may be needed to attend an emergency elsewhere.

“We hope by raising awareness with Lincolnshire Police we can reduce the number of these incidents.”

Chief Inspector Stewart Brinn of Lincolnshire Police said: “Any incident of arson is a serious offence and will be robustly investigated. Stack fires are particularly dangerous due to the risk of the fires spreading and also the damage caused to the livelihood of farmers.

“If any person has any information they think will help police prevent or detect arson they should contact us as a matter of urgency.”

Farmers are advised to: remove hay and straw from the field as soon as possible, if it has to be left overnight consider blocking access routes to it; stack bales away from buildings that house livestock or have chemicals and fuel stored inside; keep bales out of view from public roads or rights of way if possible; and split large stacks into smaller stacks that are at least 10 metres apart.

Any information regarding suspicious activity near stacks should be reported by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency.