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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Firefighters tackle huge woodland fire

27/4/2017

Kinver woodland fire
Kinver woodland fire

Firefighters have responded to a large woodland fire near Kinver.

"Starting fires like this is incredibly dangerous; it puts lives at risk and causes devastation to local wildlife and ecosystems. This site in particular presented firefighters with some very challenging terrain, with very steep slopes and dense woodland."

Tim Hollingworth, Station Manager

Crews were called to the blaze near Nanny’s Rock, Sandy Lane, Kinver Edge, at around 5.30pm on Wednesday April 26. They found an area of bracken and woodland alight, measuring around 100 metres by 100 metres.

This is the latest in a spate of fires in the open that Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have attended. The Service has received more than 100 calls to fires in the open since March 1 and the majority of these fires are believed to have been started deliberately.

Fire appliances attended from Kinver, Wombourne, Codsall, Cannock and Stourbridge, and the water carrier vehicle from Cheadle.

The cause of this fire is not known at this time but is suspected to have been caused either accidentally by careless disposal of smoking materials or deliberately.

Tim Hollingworth, Station Manager, said: “This fire put a significant drain on our resources, with crews remaining at the scene until 10pm. The crews worked in partnership with National Trust rangers, using their knowledge of the site to determine the most effective way of tackling the fire.

“Further inspections of the site will take place throughout the day (Thursday) to damp down any hotspots and make sure the fire doesn’t reignite. National Trust rangers will continue to patrol the site over the weekend.

“Starting fires like this is incredibly dangerous; it puts lives at risk and causes devastation to local wildlife and ecosystems. This site in particular presented firefighters with some very challenging terrain, with very steep slopes and dense woodland.

“Our crews are being called to these incidents far too often. They put their lives on the line and these fires tie them up for long periods of time so they can’t attend other incidents.

“We’d urge parents to warn their children about the dangers of starting fires and the devastating consequences they can have – they could easily kill someone, face a hefty fine or even imprisonment. The message is simple, flames aren’t games.”