Around 800 bales of straw, in three barns on a farm near Ryde, will be allowed to burn through after multiple crews from the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service managed to bring an earlier blaze under control.

Firefighters from Newport, Ryde, and Sandown, water carriers from Freshwater and Ventnor, and a foam machine from East Cowes have all been on scene at Great Upton Farm, on Upton Road.

They were called at about 3pm, as Isle of Wight Radio reported earlier.

Relief crews are now being organised, including Newport’s nightwatch and Ryde’s 3rd retained engine.

Image: Ralph Gissing

Hampshire fire crews have also been brought to the Island to be on standby. Beaulieu has been based in Freshwater and Southsea’s crew is heading back across the Solent, after standing-by in Ryde.

Image: Ryde Fire

The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service says it is now scaling back and is eventually planning to stay overnight, or make regular inspections.

Earlier, Ryde firefighters tweeted,

“Both pumps from Ryde mobilised to a large agricultural fire. Approximately 800 round bales of straw in 3 barns. Water supply is always an issue at the start of these incidents but we’re on top of it now. Gonna be a long night.”

The service says stock and property cannot be saved and it has been in talks with the farmer.

We have been asked to avoid the Ashey area. Fire teams have been needing to get to the site via rural back roads that have been jammed with traffic, over rush hour.