UPDATED - Fire services believe large amount of smoke in Sleaford came from bonfire

This photo sent to our Facebook page by Carole Swift shows the fire still smouldering this morning on farmland off London Road. EMN-151103-171328001
This photo sent to our Facebook page by Carole Swift shows the fire still smouldering this morning on farmland off London Road. EMN-151103-171328001

A Sleaford firecrew were trying to track down the source of a thick plume of smoke blanketing the southern side of Sleaford last night (Tuesday).

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue stated on its Twitter feed at about 9.15pm that a crew was investigating in the Southfields area where the smoke cloud appeared thickest and invited residents to call 999 if they knew the source location.

After a thorough search in combination with police, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue said no incident was found. The crew returned to base and believed the smoke came from a bonfire lit earlier in the day in fields to the east of London Road.

Sleaford Facebook sites saw a number of people speculating where the thick smoke could be coming from, with the smell creeping into people’s homes.

Dave Simpson, who lives in the Southfields estate but works as a firefighter in Buckinghamshire, told The Standard he had been travelling along London Road between Silk Willoughby and Sleaford at about 2pm yesterday when he saw farmers managing burning straw or hay in two big fires opposite the Quarrington Veterinary Surgery.

He said: “They were going well with two sources of ignition and two good bonfires. At night I went into my child’s room because she couldn’t sleep and the room stank of smoke so I had to take her out of there.”

A spokeswoman for North Kesteven District Council said: “We did receive a number of complaints about the matter. However it is not an ongoing issue so we will not be taking any formal action in relation to the matter. However (Environmental Health) officers also point out that farmers and landowners should check with the council to check the circumstances where burning waste is permitted. When allowed, it should be carried out in a way that minimises any disruption to neighbours or puts motorists in danger (e.g. drifting smoke).”