A FOURTH fire has broken out as firefighters continue to tackle blaze that began in the early hours of this morning.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue have been called to another hay bale fire in Litlington Road, near Exceat.

Crews have been tackling the blaze since around 5am this morning when two pumps from Eastbourne and the water browser from Uckfield attended.

One pump from Eastbourne remains on the scene as of 1pm today.

In a tweet ESFR said: "Firefighters are using 1 hose reel to extinguish a hay bale fire.

"Crews are working with the landowner to turn over bales so there may be a large amount of smoke."

This is the fourth fire in the area in the last week.

The first took place on Tuesday 2 in a barn off the A26 Near Lewes at the Beddingham Roundabout.

The second was on Thursday 4 and pictures showed a stack of hay bales on fire between Alfriston and Seaford, causing a heavy plume of white smoke which affected Alfriston Road all day.

Last night, Saturday 6, a third blaze in Tarring Neville occurred which led to the closure of the nearby A26.

Sussex Police and ESFR have been contacted for comment.

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