FIREFIGHTERS were on hand to tackle a field fire as a stretch of hedgerow caught fire again.

Essex Fire and Rescue was called to Bakers Lane in Black Notley at 3.34pm today, August 11.

The Essex Police Operational Support Group (OSG) made the call after coming across the fire on the side of the A120.

On arrival, crews confirmed 15 metres of hedgerow was alight.

Fire crews worked to extinguish the fire by 4.29pm.

Crews recorded the cause of the fire as undetermined, however, the OSG said they believe it may have been deliberate.

An OSG spokesman said: “We called Essex Country Fire and Rescue Service who mobilised 78P1 from Braintree who put it out.

“The cause is unknown but suspected to be deliberate. Please be sensible in this hot weather and don’t have fires.”

It comes after a fire in the same area just three days earlier, on Monday, August 8.

A field fire on Bakers Lane burned for two hours, as firefighters worked hard to extinguish the flames.

Crews were called to the scene at 1.35pm, finding that ten acres of stubble, hedgerow and woodland were alight.

As a result, Bakers Lane was closed for about two hours.

A spokesman for Essex Fire said: “Crews worked hard to prevent the fire from spreading to the nearby houses and industrial estate, using backpacks and beaters to extinguish the fire by 3.29pm.

“The cause of the fire is not known but believed to be accidental.”