Firefighters tackle blazing countryside near Chesterfield, UK as temperatures in the area hit 35 degrees

Firefighters battled to stop vast swathes of open farmland being engulfed in flames today as the mercury topped 35c in many parts of the country.

These dramatic aerial photographs show a huge area of farmland near Chesterfield in Derbyshire, left charred and blackened by a fierce blaze.

A solitary tree was left standing as flames nibbled at the edge of a field of barley or wheat.

Two fire-tenders stood nearby, dwarfed by the landscape and huge pall of smoke which drifted into hot, still sky.

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