Huge woodland blaze in the Staffordshire Moorlands

DOZENS of firefighters are tackling a huge woodland blaze which has engulfed a Staffordshire Moorlands beauty spot.

Ten fire crews are fighting the fire which has spread across an area of 500 square metres to the rear of the The Roaches at Upperhulme, near Leek.

Rob Barber, Staffordshire’s deputy chief fire officer, said: “Roach Road and The Roaches area is currently closed and we are urging people to avoid the area to allow crews to concentrate on their work.”

The area is popular with walkers and climbers. A police helicopter has been brought in to check for people who may have been caught up in the spreading fire.

Police have evacuated the area because of the threat to public safety.

One local resident has been treated for smoke inhalation.

The fire has spread into woodland next to an area known as Five Clouds. 

People in the locality are being urged to keep their windows and doors closed tonight as a fall in temperature will cause smoke from the fire to drop.

The task facing firefighters through the night. Photo by Mick Hall