FIREFIGHERS have been tackling a large hay bale fire for the past 24 hours.

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service was alerted to the blaze at a farm in the Lune Forest, Middleton in Teesdale, at 8.36am yesterday (Thursday, August 8).

Three crews from Middleton-in-Teesdale, Stanhope and Barnard Castle were the first to the scene where approximately 100 tonnes of hay was on fire.

The Northern Echo:

A crew from Newton Aycliffe was subsequently deployed at lunchtime yesterday. 

Firefighters worked through the night to get the fire under control.

Around five tonnes remained alight this morning so crews from Darlington and Consett were at the scene today.