Thursday, 13 November 2014

Update on farm fires

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service remain at the scene of a fire at a farm in Rotherfield.

Crews were called out yesterday (12 November 2014) to reports of a fire at Town Row in Rotherfield.  Two barns containing approximately 1000 tonnes of hay and silage were alight.

During the incident, four fire engines from Crowborough, Mayfield, Heathfield and Uckfield were sent to the scene, along with a 4 by 4 vehicle from Heathfield, the Command Support Unit from Bexhill and the dual purpose truck from Uckfield.

The cause of the fire is not known at this stage. Crews are expected to remain on site for several more hours.

An investigation into a second barn fire is ongoing and will take some time to complete.

The fire happened a farm on St Ives Lane in Hartfield at 17.56 on 12 November 2014. A single storey building measuring approximately 5 metres by 25 metres used was alight. A number of cylinders were involved.

Crews from Barcombe, Forest Row and Crowborough attended. They used two breathing apparatus and two hose reel jets.

Safety checklist for farmers

Hay and straw should be removed from the field as soon as possible after harvesting.

Are you storing it separately from other buildings, particularly those housing fuels, agrochemicals and machinery? Is in stacks of reasonable size, spaced at least ten metres apart? It is stored separately from livestock housing?

Have you ensured that petrol, diesel and other fuels are stored in secure areas and storage tank outlets are padlocked?

Are you keeping your fertilisers and pesticides under lock and key?

Have you recently checked that open water supplies are being properly maintained for firefighting?

Are you disposing of refuse safely and on a regular basis?

When did you last check unoccupied areas on your farm? Are they safe and secure? Have you made sure there is no unnecessary accumulation of combustible materials?

If you allow visitors or camping on your farm, ensure all barbecues are properly supervised and do not allow the lighting of open fires on the property. Make sure you only allow camping and picnicking in selected areas.

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