DRAMATIC photos have revealed the scale of flames faced by firefighters at an Oxfordshire farm last night.

More than 50 firefighters from 14 fire stations have been trying to get the blaze under control, at a pig farm between Abingdon and Faringdon. 

Hero crews rescued 1,000 pigs from the path of the flames, and remain on site today.


The fire service described the location as 'near Longworth' but the Oxford Mail understands it was off Hanney Road, closer to Southmoor.

Photographer Kieran Clarke captured these photos of the blaze as it burnt through more than 3,000 hay bales.

Mr Clarke, who lives near Witney, saw the fire at about 8.30pm and said firefighters told him they were overseeing a 'controlled burn'. 

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All photos by Kieran Clarke

He said: "It was just huge, the hay bales were probably touching about two storeys high. The smell was just like a bonfire.

"It was quite windy and a lot of embers were blowing over.

"I could feel the heat even from where I was stood."

He said the crews did an 'amazing job.' 

Residents as far away as Drayton reported seeing 'thick smoke' as the fire took hold shortly after 3pm yesterday, and crews worked through the night to stop the flames from spreading further.

Watch a video of the blaze here

The Oxford Mail has attempted to contact the farm believed to have been affected, but has not yet received a response.