Fire chiefs’ warning after farms targeted by arsonists

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Fire chiefs are urging farmers to take steps to protect their livelihoods after more than 30 farm blazes in South Yorkshire in less than three months.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has attended 33 fires since June, either on farm sites or involving crops in fields, with many being started deliberately.

Arson reduction officer Andy Kirwan said: “Not only do fires like this put lives at risk by potentially diverting fire engines away from other, life-threatening incidents, they also cost farmers thousands of pounds in damage.”

Report arson on 101.