A major road in south Essex was closed as emergency services are on the scene of a field fire.

The A13 was closed in both directions between the A1012 and the A126 in North Stifford due to a field fire nearby.

Smoke from the fire could be seen blowing across the road.

The road has now reopened but long delays remain.

Emergency services are in attendance and dealing with the incident but drivers are facing long delays.

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An Essex Fire Service spokesman said: "We were called to reports of a field fire near the A13 at 2.11pm. 

"Six crews from Corringham, Billericay, Ongar, Rochford, Tollesbury and South Woodham Ferrers are in attendance."

Delays are beginning to build in both directions and motorists are advised to plan ahead and avoid the area if possible.