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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Second Moorlands Fire in a Week

18/04/2011

A second heathland fire has ravaged a national park in the Moorlands and is believed to have been the result of careless behaviour.

"There were no obvious ignition sources present however the fire could not have started on its own - we believe the most likely cause was a carelessly discarded cigarette."

Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Chris Enness

Approximately 1000 x 500 metres of heathland caught fire at Reaps Moor in Peak District National Park at approximately 9.40am on Saturday morning.

Over 30 firefighters from Longnor, Leek, Ipstones, Cheadle, Rugeley, Buxton and Stone tackled the blaze using main jets, hose reel jets and beaters. Park rangers also used their own equipment and worked with firefighters to help contain the fire and prevent it from spreading any further.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Chris Enness said: "This is the second severe fire in a week in the Moorlands and although we cannot be certain of the cause of this fire, it has most likely been caused by people’s carelessness again.

"There were no obvious ignition sources present however the fire could not have started on its own - we believe the most likely cause was a carelessly discarded cigarette.

"During dry periods careless behaviour is even more of a worry as you see people flicking cigarette ends out of car windows all too often. People need to be aware that smoking materials should always be disposed of safely and appropriately. They should not be dropped or thrown into grassland as this can quite easily start a serious fire.

"The fire tied up a lot of our resources as well as the park rangers however the partnership between Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and the Ranger Service meant we were able to work together to contain, control and quickly extinguish this fire before it could spread any further."

The incident was closed at 3.30pm.