Two combine fires happening at the same time needed 18 fire crews on Saturday (August 13).

Breaking out at opposite ends of Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service's patch, it was a busy afternoon.

Reports of a combine harvester on fire in a field in Binegar near Emborough, Wells came in at 1.37pm.

Fire crews from 12 stations across Somerset were mobilised as it was a significantly large fire in a field of crops.

Using farm machinery, foam jets and hose reel jets, the crews brought the fire under control by 6pm.

South West Farmer: The combine at DrewsteigntonThe combine at Drewsteignton

Meanwhile a second combine on fire was reported at Drewsteignton on Dartmoor at 2.07pm.

It was burning in a field of standing crops so six fire crews were sent.

They tackled the fire with foam jets, hose reel jets and beaters.

By 5.40pm crews left the field.

South West Farmer:

Unfortunately the combine harvester was completely destroyed - but so was around 10 acres of the field and crop, along with 100 metres of hedgerow.

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