Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are warning people about the dangers of setting deliberate grass fires after an incident last night in Hednesford. The incident involved three separate seats of fire, covering an area approximately 100 metres squared near the Hednesford Hills raceway in Hednesford.
The fires are believed to have been set deliberately. Crews from Cannock, Brewood, Penkridge, Chase Terrace, Stone and one crew from West Midlands Fire Service were called to the incident at just after 6.30pm last night. The water carrier and Landrover from Cannock also attended the fire.
Firefighters used hose reel jets and main jets to tackle the fire, as well as beaters and backpacks. They also used the Landrover to search the heathland to ensure no further fires had been set, and thermal imagery cameras were used once the fire had been extinguished to check there were no remaining hotspots.
"A lot of people walk with their families and dogs on the Hednesford Hills, so this incident put a lot of people in danger and caused unnecessary damage to the beauty spot."
Station Manager, Paul Richins
Station Manager, Paul Richins commented, "Crews worked hard to tackle the fire to ensure that it didn’t spread to the houses adjacent to the heathland. A lot of people walk with their families and dogs on the Hednesford Hills, so this incident put a lot of people in danger and caused unnecessary damage to the beauty spot."
"A group of youngsters were spotted in the area at around the same time the fire was started. We would urge all parents to remind their children about the dangers of setting deliberate fires, especially on heathland where fires very quickly spread and endanger nearby properties and members of the public who are out walking."
Crews left the incident at around 10pm.