A tractor was completely burnt out in a field near Dorchester despite firefighters best efforts yesterday afternoon (Wednesday, April 13).

The fire service was called to a field in the Milborne St Andrew area just after 3pm to reports of a tractor on fire.

Using breathing apparatus, firefighters used a hose reel jet to put the flames out, but sadly the tractor was completely destroyed.

South West Farmer:

Three weeks ago Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service issued the first amber wildfire alert of the year, due to the long spell of warm and dry weather.


The service advised farmers to be especially vigilant.

Group Manager Jason Moncrieff said: “While the warm and dry spring weather is very welcome after the winter, it does increase the risk of fires spreading quickly if something happens to cause ignition.

"We are urging local farmers to take extra care, as sparks from hot machinery can easily lead to a field catching fire, and we ask everyone enjoying our beautiful countryside and coastline to take extra care and be vigilant with anything that could lead to a fire starting.”