FIREFIGHTERS have brought to a halt the raging blaze which threatened to devastate one of North Staffordshire’s most cherished beauty spots
More than 40 firefighters from across the county were sent to Dimmingsdale Wood on Monday afternoon, following reports of a fire spreading rapidly through the vast expanse of woodland near Alton.
Initially crews from Loggerheads, Uttoxeter, Burton-on-Trent, Barton-under-Needwood and Kidsgrove attended, followed by a specialist welfare support vehicle and various other crews throughout the evening and overnight.
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service station manager Dan Keeling said: “This fire was a fast spreading blaze and the crews have worked in partnership with the Forestry Commission in order to deal with the incident.
“The prolonged hot and dry weather has created the ideal conditions for fire, which combined with the wind conditions last night and the steep terrain, resulted in a very challenging incident for firefighters.
“The incident was separated into three sectors, with teams of firefighters working to surround the fire with hose reel jets.
“Four appliances from Hanley, Chase Terrace, Ipstones and Newcastle, along with the high volume pump from Rugeley, remain at this incident today (Tuesday), with main jets in use to dampen down the fire.
“We’ve made good progress in tackling the fire. However, crews will remain at the scene monitoring for hotspots and damping down for some time.
“Red Road is now open and members of the public can access Dimmingsdale but are asked to avoid the immediate area of the fire while our firefighting activity is ongoing.”