Banbury firefighters remind country-goers of fire risk after blaze threatens crops in north Oxfordshire

Banbury firefighters have put out a reminder about the fire risk with tinder dry conditions after a large blaze threatened crops in north Oxfordshire.

Firefighters complete inspections after putting out the blaze on farmland
Firefighters complete inspections after putting out the blaze on farmland

The reminder came after crews Banbury, Bicester and Kidlington were called to reports of a field alight near to Weston on the Green.

The incident happened at 3.17pm yesterday afternoon (Monday).

A spokesman for Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue said: “On arrival crews were faced with a fast-growing fire threatening two nearby fields of standing crop.

Crops were saved after firefighters used water jets to extinguish the fire near Weston on the Green

"Quick actions from crews prevented the fire from escalating using hose reel jets.

“We would like to remind everyone that although the air temperature has dropped, the ground and vegetation is still very dry and even a small ember can cause a larger fire.”

Fire personnel have advised those going out into the country to study advice for outdoor safety as it is outlined in Oxfordshire County Council’s 365Alive website which includes areas for the home, outdoors, business, homes and schools.

Fire service personnel say those going into the countryside should be aware of the extremely dry conditions
Acres of crops were at risk when fire broke out in countryside near Bicester