A FIRE broke out across four hectares of crop stubble.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service were called to Biggin Lane, Chadwell St Mary at 2.24pm yesterday to deal with the fire.

The crews used a number of backpack sprayers, beaters and hose reel jets to surround the fire and get it under control.

The fire was extinguished by 3.15pm. The cause of the fire is unknown.

A spokesman for the fire service said: "In dry, hot weather, it is especially important that people take extra care to reduce the risk of fires.

"Here is our countryside fire safety advice:

  • Avoid open fires in the countryside 
  • Always have them in safe, designated areas Put out cigarettes and other smoking materials properly before you leave your vehicle
  • Don’t leave bottles or glass in woodlands. Sunlight shining through glass can start a fire. Take them home or put them in a waste or recycling bin
  • If you see a fire in the countryside, report it immediately
  • Don’t attempt to tackle fires that can’t be put out with a bucket of water – leave the area as soon as possible Never throw cigarette ends out of car windows – they could start a fire and endanger lives."