Updated: Fire crews tackle large blaze close to a main York road

Firefighters at the incident. Photograph: Station Manager Tony Walker on Twitter
27 May 2020 @ 8.24 pm
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Firefighters tackled a blaze by the A59 in York tonight (Wednesday).

Crews from Acomb were called out to what Station Manager Tony Walker described as a “large fire in the open air” at 7.49pm.

It was near the junction with Hodgsons Lane, Acomb.

The smoke from the fire was drifting on to the A59 so it was important to get in extinguished as soon as possible.

The A59 remained open throughout.

Grassland is susceptible to fire at the moment because of the prolonged warm dry spell.

Earlier this month meteorologists confirmed a new UK record was set for the sunniest April, and said it was 40% drier than average.

And it was reported today that this May could be the country’s driest since 1896, as just 31.5mm of rain has fallen this month.