Moorlands firefighters have spent over seven hours tackling two separate fires at Ramshaw Rocks in Upper Hulme over the weekend.
"Flames aren’t games and that message really needs to sink in before someone gets hurt. Anyone caught starting fires deliberately will be prosecuted – there is no excuse."
Station Manager, Mick Daniels
At around 6.30pm on Friday six fire engines and a water carrier were needed to tackle a large heathland fire involving around 12 acres of land.
Over 30 firefighters from Leek, Longnor, Ipstones, Biddulph, Cheadle and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service battled to contain and extinguish the blaze, which is believed to have been started deliberately.
At just before 5.15pm yesterday, further calls were received reporting another fire at Ramshaw Rocks, this time a little lower down than Friday’s fire.
Crews from Leek, Longnor, Ipstones and Cheadle spent three hours tackling the fire which has affected around 2 acres of land. This fire is also believed to have been deliberately started.
Station Manager, Mick Daniels said: "We are utterly shocked that this has happened and the evidence points to both fires being started maliciously which makes it even more disconcerting.
On Friday night crews from all of our Moorlands stations were out for hours dealing with the fire, which meant crews from other areas of the county had to travel to the Moorlands to cover those stations in case there were any other incidents in the area.
"We also had to request help from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service; a lot of resources were tied up for over three hours. We then had to return to the scene twice overnight to re-inspect.
"To then be called to almost the same location less than 48 hours later is appalling as both of these fires were needless and have left a beautiful area of countryside severely damaged.
"Starting fires deliberately, no matter what size, is a really stupid thing to do and we will always pass all of the information we have onto the police."
Anyone with any information about the fire can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service launched its annual grass fires campaign, Flames Aren’t Games last week and have already attended 63 grass fires across the county, all started deliberately.
Mick added: "Flames aren’t games and that message really needs to sink in before someone gets hurt. Anyone caught starting fires deliberately will be prosecuted – there is no excuse."