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2:18 AM

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2:18 AM, Saturday 13 August, 2022

Field fire

Hale Lane, Wendover

Nine appliances and crews and three officers were in attendance at the height of the fire.

The appliances and crews in attendance were from:

  • Aylesbury
  • Bedfordshire
  • Broughton
  • Hertfordshire
  • High Wycombe
  • Princes Risborough
  • Maidenhead
  • Thame

A fire in stubble field spread to affect neighbouring fields, hedgerows and trees.

The firefighters used:

  • Five hose reel jets
  • Four main jets
  • Three four by four vehicles
  • Beaters
  • Water backpacks
  • Small gear
  • Thermal imaging cameras

The fire “jumped” a road and was spreading through multiple fields and up the hill. Wendover Woods was evacuated as a precaution, and a tractor with a plough was used to create a fire break between the fields and woods. Thames Valley Police were also in attendance.

Around 30 hectares of stubble was 100 per cent damaged by fire. Local farmers provided assistance with creating fire breaks and applying water.

Scaling back of the incident started just after 6pm on Saturday (13 August 2022). Firefighters remained on the scene overnight and into the following day, turning over and damping down, monitoring deep seated areas of fire and tackling any emerging hotspots.

Crews left the scene at around 11.30 pm on Saturday night, with crews returning for reinspection at regular intervals throughout Sunday (14 August 2022).