Sleaford straw blaze prompts Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue concerns

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Media captionThe straw fire near Sleaford started on Sunday evening but was still burning on Monday

Firefighters have said arson attacks on hay stacks are a major concern after a blaze destroyed thousands of bales of straw near Sleaford, Lincolnshire.

Crews were at the scene for most of the week after 24,000 straw bales, intended for use at a nearby straw-fired power plant, were set alight on Sunday.

Steve Wright from Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue said attending the fires puts a strain on resources.

Three boys arrested on suspicion of arson have been released on bail.

Mr Wright, station manager at Louth, said: "It's bad for the community and it also ties up our resources.

"There's not normally a life risk involved with a stack fire, it's not a property fire, however with our resources there we can't be in two places at once."

The fire, which started in a field between Quarrington and Silk Willoughby at 18:00 BST on Sunday, led to a section of the A15 staying closed until Thursday.

People living nearby had to keep their doors and windows closed to avoid smoke entering their homes.

Witnesses said a huge orange glow could be seen for miles around.

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Image caption The bales were being stored for use at a nearby straw-fired power station in Sleaford

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