Around 20 firefighters spent an hour and a half tackling a fire in a corn field in Slough

At 13.01pm on Monday 17 July, Thames Valley Fire Control Service received reports of a fire in a corn field in The Myrke, Datchet, Slough.

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service crews from Slough, Langley and Windsor fire stations were sent to the scene, as well as a Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes crew from Gerrards Cross Fire Station and a Surrey Fire and Rescue crew from Egham Fire Station. Two off-road vehicles were also sent from Maidenhead Fire Station.

The blaze was extinguished by 20 firefighters using fire beaters and four hose reel jets.

The fire crews remained there for some time damping down the area to ensure the fire had not spread and were on scene for about an hour and a half.

The field was made up of about 40 acres of standing corn, of which about 10 acres had been destroyed by the fire.

Station Manager Alan Battman who attended the incident said: “The crews worked quickly to get the situation under control and prevent the spread of the fire.

“In hot, dry conditions like this a fire can spread quickly, so if you do see a fire in the countryside, please report it to us by calling 999 as soon as possible.”

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