FIREFIGHTERS spent most of last night tackling a blaze that burnt almost 100 tons of hay in Wolverton.

The A339 was closed last night as Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service rushed to calls of a fire in a large field by the A339 in Wolverton.

Crews from Basingstoke, Hartley Wintney, Andover and Fleet were called at 10.07pm last night (September 13) to the fire, where they found approximately 100 tons of baled hay had caught fire. Overnight, the fire also set alight to a hedgerow, which was put out using a compressed air foam solution and several jets.

Fire crews monitored the burning hay throughout the night to ensure that it did not spread further, with a crew from Whitchurch fire station arriving to help this morning.

The hay was allowed to burn throughout the night, and continues to smoulder this morning.

The A339 was re-opened shortly before 6am this morning.

The fire service left the scene at 9.10am this morning and the land was handed back to the owner.