A COMBINE harvester caught fire near Ross-on-Wye last night.

Firefighters from Ross, Whitchurch, Fownhope and Hereford were called ot a field near Sellack Village Hall at around 6pm after the fire had spread to three hectares of standing crop.

Station Commander Neil Pigott said: “The crews did an excellent job to stop the spread of fire to neighbouring crops.

"They really had to work hard using a combination of water from appliances, beaters and a farmer’s tractor (driven by a local farmer) to create a fire-break.

"Our specialist off road Pinzgauer and Officers 4x4 vehicles allowed the Service to move around the site more effectively and ensured the incident did not spread further and into surrounding fields.”