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Upchurch and Lower Halstow residents warned of smoke following haystack fire

By Sittingbourne reporter

People living in Upchurch have been warned to keep their windows and doors closed due to smoke billowing from a large haystack fire.

Firefighters were called to Holywell Lane at about 11.30am.

They found flames had spread to 13 hay bales, causing a large amount of smoke.

Smoke is in the area. Library image.

Smoke is in the area. Library image.

A Kent Fire and Rescue spokesman said: "We are asking people in the Holywell Lane, Upchurch area to keep doors and windows closed due to a fire in the area.

"Drivers should also be aware that there is a large amount of smoke on the road between Upchurch and Lower Halstow."

Two fire engines were sent and the crews have been working with the farmer to create a fire break.

It took an hour to bring the blaze under control.

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