ON-CALL crews from Maldon Fire Station have spent last night and today tackling a huge straw stack blaze.

Firefighters were called to a field in Woodham Walter, Old London Road at 9:26pm, where a stack of baled straw was reported to be on fire.

An Essex Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: "On arrival, a crew from Maldon Fire Station reported that 300 tonnes of baled straw was on fire in a field. 

"Firefighters have been letting the bales burn overnight during a controlled burn and will continue to monitor the scene throughout the day. 

"Maldon’s firefighters are on-call firefighters, they all live or work within 5 minutes of Maldon Fire Station and are paid to protect their community. 

"If you live or work within 5 minutes of an on-call fire station, you could be an on-call firefighter. Find out more at join.essex-fire.gov.uk."

The fire is still burning in a controlled burn and crews do not know what caused it yet.