FIREFIGHTERS battled to save trees in an open area in Trowbridge from going up in smoke yesterday (July 26).

The crews from Trowbridge fire station ran out hoses to tackle the fire in vegetation and trees close to homes at The Mount.

In the event, they managed to contain and extinguish the fire in the open area between The Mount and Lowmead.

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service has already urged residents and visitors alike to take extra care as the temperature continues to rise.

The hot, dry conditions mean that any fire could spread quickly and more easily.

There have been a number of large wildfires across the Wiltshire area in recent weeks, causing devastation to heath, woodland and wildlife.

The fire service says many of them could have been avoided with more care.

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "We were called at 4:22pm yesterday with reports of a fire in the open on The Mount, Trowbridge. 

"One crew from Trowbridge was mobilised and on arrival found several fir trees and 15 metres of garden fence alght. This was extinguished using hose reel jets and the stop message came back at 4:32pm. Firefighters remained on scene until just before 5pm.