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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Grass Fire Warning for the County

After yet another severe grass fire in the County – Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is warning people about the dangers of setting deliberate fires ahead of the hot weather predicted for this weekend.

During the two week Easter period alone the Service attended over 200 deliberately started grass fires across the County and earlier this week firefighters have also tackled a large grass fire on Stile Cop, Rugeley. Again this fire, which involves an area of heathland approximately 100 metres squared, is believed to have been caused deliberately.

Crews are still currently in attendance at this incident where they are monitoring and extinguishing remaining hotspots.

"This hot spell of weather we are currently experiencing is resulting in land becoming extremely dry and coarse – this means that fires spread very quickly endangering both people and wildlife."

Head of Risk Reduction, Ian Sloss

Head of Risk Reduction, Ian Sloss commented: "We are currently seeing an increase in grass fires around the County – most of which are proving to have been caused deliberately. We would urge parents to take time to educate their children about the dangers and serious consequences associated with starting fires.

"This hot spell of weather we are currently experiencing is resulting in land becoming extremely dry and coarse – this means that fires spread very quickly endangering both people and wildlife. Back in April a 14 year old boy suffered burns after he tried to put out a grass fire.

"I would also urge members of the public to take care with smoking materials and not to throw cigarettes out of vehicles when travelling through these areas as this can be a main cause of grass and woodland fires.

 "Grass fires are not only damaging to the environment they are also a drain on our resources. For every grass fire we deal with, it means that firefighters are not available to attend other incidents, some of which could be life threatening."