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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Firefighters continue to tackle woodland blaze

23/04/2015

The scene of the fire at Alton
The scene at Alton

Firefighters are continuing to tackle a woodland blaze in Alton which has covered an area equivalent to 15 football pitches.

"The crews have done a brilliant job in containing the spread of the fire which covered an area of 10 hectares. They have worked tirelessly throughout the night and are continuing to tackle the incident this morning." 

Glynn Luznyj - Group Manager for the north of the county

Crews from Ipstones, Cheadle, Longton, Leek and Uttoxeter are currently at the Earls Rock beauty spot on Red Road.

Firefighters from Cheadle, Ipstones, Longton, Hanley, Leek, Loggerheads, Uttoxeter, Newcastle, Stone, Longnor and Biddulph attended throughout yesterday afternoon and overnight. At its peak, approximately 40 firefighters were at the scene.

The first crew began tackling the severe blaze at 3.05pm and used hose reel jets, beaters and water-filled backpacks to extinguish the fire.

Firefighters are currently identifying hotspots and damping down. They are expected to be at the incident throughout today.

Group Manager for the north of the county Glynn Luznyj, who was at the incident, said: "The crews have done a brilliant job in containing the spread of the fire which covered an area of 10 hectares. They have worked tirelessly throughout the night and are continuing to tackle the incident this morning.

"Woodland fires spread extremely quickly, particularly when the shrubs and bracken have dried out in the warm weather, and the consequences to local wildlife are absolutely devastating. Such incidents also put the lives of firefighters at risk and divert much needed resources away from other, potentially life-threatening incidents such as road traffic collisions and house fires.

"Due to the severity of this fire, crews will most likely be at the scene all day."