Eleven fire engines were called to a field blaze this afternoon.

Firefighters have been in attendance in some fields off Oxhey Lane between Carpenders Park and Bushey.

Major road, Oxhey Lane, was even closed in both directions between Little Oxhey Lane and By the Wood while crews dealt with the fire.

Videos showed dry grass in flames and smoke blowing across the open fields.

Passer-by Brian Scott said earlier some of the fire had burned itself out due to the wind but flames caught some greenery and bushes were on fire in the direction of Merry Hill.

Watford Observer:

Some of the fire has burned out. Credit: Brian Scott

Watford Observer:

Credit: Brian Scott

Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue warned the public to stay away.

It tweeted just after 5pm: "We are currently in attendance at an incident of Oxhey Lane at Carpenders Park. Please avoid the area if possible. We will keep you updated."

The fire service has confirmed crews from Watford, Rickmansworth, Garston, St Albans, and Borehamwood attended. 

The service added that crews used eight hosereels to extinguish the flames.

Watford Observer:

Credit: Brian Scott

Mr Scott, who called the fire brigade, said: "I could hear a noise at around 4pm and I thought it was a truck. But it was then a crackling noise and I could see it was a fire.

"The fire intensified and moved to another field. The main fire was on dry grass but the wind is blowing it up towards Merry Hill.

"It was a big fire and so much smoke. The firefighters were there quite quick but it was difficult for them to see the fire from Oxhey Lane."

Mr Scott was concerned that firefighters would struggle to reach some areas of the fire.

Watford Observer:

Credit: Neal Storhaug

Neal Storhaug, 15, who also rang 999 added: "The fire swept across the fields in the direction of Bus,hey. The flames were tall.

"I heard fire crews cutting a gate to get into a field."

Fire crews werr able to make their way onto the field and they remain at the scene.

A tweet from the fire service shortly after 7pm suggested the fire is now out.