A fire that broke out in a combine harvester spread to the crops it was harvesting near Bridport yesterday afternoon (Thursday), needing 1,500 litres of water to get it under control.

At 3.39pm fire crews from Beaminster and Crewkerne were sent to a field in Shipton Gorge where a combine harvester was on fire.

South West Farmer:

The fire had already spread to the cut and standing crops it was working on and was threatening to spread to the surrounding hedges.

Wearing breathing apparatus firefighters got to work with hose reel jets, a main jet, small tools and beaters.

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Although there were two fire engines and a water carrier, crews requested the help of two L4Ts, which are small specialist off-road vehicles.

South West Farmer:

Around 600 square metres of standing and cut crop were involved and the harvester was completely destroyed.

Approximately 15000 litres of water was needed to put the fire out.

South West Farmer:

The combine harvester was totally destroyed.