Seven fire engines sent to combine harvester blaze in Partridge Green

Picture: West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service
Picture: West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service

A combine harvester fire spread to four acres of field in Partridge Green on Wednesday evening (August 7).

Crews from Shoreham, Burgess Hill, Littlehampton, Midhurst, Petworth, Haywards Heath and Horsham were sent to Lock Lane, in Partridge Green at 6.30pm.

A spokesperson for West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said: “We were called to reports of a combine harvester on fire in a field off Lock Lane in Partridge Green at 5.31pm on Wednesday, August 7.

“Four fire engines from Burgess Hill, Haywards Heath, and two from Horsham were mobilised to the scene along with four off-road vehicles from Haywards Heath, Horsham, Petworth and Shoreham. Two bulk water carriers from Burgess Hill and Petworth were also mobilised, along with the incident command unit from Haywards Heath and a wildfire tactical advisor.

“The fire spread to around four acres of stubble and a wooded area.

“12 sets of breathing apparatus were used by firefighters, and crews used 10 high pressure hose reels, four jets and two fog nails and beaters to bring the fire under control.

Picture: West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service

Picture: West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service

“The last crew left the scene at 8.52pm.

“Officers from Horsham returned to the scene shortly after midnight to reinspect the scene using a thermal imaging camera. No further signs of fire were found.”