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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Grass Fires in the Moorlands

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to two separate grass fires on the Staffordshire Moorlands on Wednesday evening.

The call for the first incident was received at 7.30pm and involved reports of a fire in the area of Gradbach.  Crews from Leek, Longnor and Ipstones and also one pump from Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to the incident.

Upon arrival firefighters found an area of heathland, approximately 500 metres squared, which was alight. Due to heavy winds the fire had quickly spread, firefighters brought it under control using beaters and hose reel jets. The last crews left the incident at just before 10pm.

The second call was received just before 8.25pm the same evening and involved a fire in Roach End in Leek. One crew from Leek were called to the incident which involved a 200 metre squared area of heathland which was on fire. Firefighters used a hose reel jet along with beaters to tackle the fire and they left the incident at 9.15pm.

"We believe that both of these fires were caused deliberately. We would urge people not to set fires on the heathland, what people think is just a small fire can soon become out of hand and easily spread and endanger near by properties, as has been the case with the first incident."

Station Manager, Dave Agu