Firefighters from six stations across Staffordshire and the West Midlands spent nearly two hours tackling a deliberately started woodland fire at Millions Wood in Enville last night.
The emergency call for the incident was received at 7.20pm and crews from Kinver, Wombourne, Cannock, Stourbridge, Brierley Hill and Wolverhampton were sent to deal with the incident.
At the height of the blaze 34 firefighters tackled the blaze, which covered an area of approximately 10,000 square metres.
The incident came on the same week that Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service launched its Flames Aren’t Games campaign, which aims to reduce the number of deliberately started fires.
Station Manager Ian Dawson said: “We launched our Flames Aren’t Games campaign just last week so it is disappointing that we are already reporting a deliberately started fire.
“Now that the Easter holidays are here we would encourage parents to remind their children of the dangers of starting fires and also ensure they are aware that deliberately starting a fire of any size is treated as arson, the consequences of which if caught are very serious.
“Luckily crews managed to prevent this fire from spreading further - Millions Wood was the site of a huge fire three years ago which lasted almost a week and destroyed 50 hectares of land.”
Crews left the incident at 9.20pm last night and crews from Kinver and Wombourne returned this morning to carry out a re-inspection of the area.
To promote the Flames Aren’t Games campaign, posters have been displayed at community centres, youth clubs, children’s centres, schools and leisure centres across Staffordshire.
A special leaflet and posters has also been produced aimed at adults – both parents of teenagers and general members of the public – which has been delivered to rural areas that have previously been targeted by arsonists. The literature urges them to keep an eye open for any suspicious behaviour.
For more information about the Flames Aren’t Games campaign watch the campaign launch video http://youtu.be/XU6x29cq3gg