A fire engine rushing to the scene of a countryside fire©Martyn Goddard/Rex

More than 400 straw bales have been destroyed by a huge barn fire at farm in North Yorkshire.

The fire broke out at Willow Grange Farm, Sowerby near Thirsk, shortly after 5pm on Saturday 14 March.

At the height of the blaze crews from North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue had to create a break around the burning bales to prevent the fire from spreading to other farm buildings.

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There was also concern that the fire could spread to a caravan park in neighbouring fields. A number of caravans were towed away to a safe distance by local residents and the police.

The scale of the blaze meant the crews from Northallerton, Thirsk, Boroughbridge and Malton were on scene throughout Sunday (15 March). 

The firefighters eventually left after carrying out final checks on Monday (16 March) morning and declaring the area safe.