Firefighters have tackled a heathland fire on land off the A53 in Ramshaw, in the Staffordshire Moorlands. The call for the incident was received at 9.35am this morning.
Initially three fire engines from Leek and Longnor were sent to the incident; however on arrival they requested further assistance. At the height of the incident there were six fire engines from Leek, Longnor, Buxton, Ipstones and Biddulph, along with a Land Rover from Leek and a specialist water carrier from Cheadle.
The incident involved a heathland embankment of approximately 100 metres by 50 metres. Firefighters used jets and beaters to extinguish the fire, which was brought under control by approximately 11.30am.
"This fire very quickly spread because the land is so dry, so we’d really urge people to take extra care in the countryside. In particular we’d ask people to ensure their cigarettes are fully out and also avoid starting open fires, as they can very quickly get out of control.
"For every deliberately started grass fire we deal with, it means that firefighters are not available to attend other incidents, some of which could be life threatening.
"Not only are these incidents a drain on our resources they also have massive environmental implications, particularly as these types of fires release massive amounts of carbon into the atmosphere. This area of natural beauty has now been blighted and wildlife will undoubtedly have been killed as a result."
Moorlands Area Commander, Tim Hyde