A FIELD of hay covering 20 hectares was destroyed by fire yesterday evening.

A hay baler caught fire in Upton Grey Road, Upton Grey, with firefighters called out at 4.47pm to the scene.

Crews, from stations including Basingstoke, Odiham and Hartley Wintney, used three sets of breathing apparatus, eight beaters and a hose reel to put out the fire with a Land Rover and a specialist wildfires vehicle also dispatched to tame the blaze.

The hay baler suffered damage from the fire while Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said all of the hay in the 20 hectare area was completely destroyed.


The incident was handed over to the land owner before the crews were stood down at 5.55pm.