Fire service issues grass fire warning following spate of incidents

STAFFORDSHIRE Fire and Rescue Service is warning families of the dangers of starting fires and is urging them to help educate their children.

The warning comes following a spate of grass fires in Cannock Chase.

With temperatures set the soar in the coming days concerns are growing that there will be a further increase in this type of incident.

Since Saturday ( June 17), firefighters have been called to four incidents in the Cannock Chase area, all of which were believed to be deliberate.

Prevent manager Carmel Warren said: “It is really concerning that these fires have been started deliberately especially on this heathland where the blazes can easily spread and become very serious.

“Every year we highlight our Flames Aren’t Games campaign to educate people on how dangerous it is to set fires. These incidents could lead to serious injury. They also take up valuable time and resources which could be needed elsewhere.

“Anyone setting fires could face a jail term or a £5,000 fine. Please help us teach our residents and young people about these dangers and prevent these fires from happening.

“So many people enjoy the rural land we are lucky enough to have in Staffordshire and it would be such a shame to see more of it destroyed.”