Spreading woodland blaze about to enter its fourth day

WINDY conditions are hampering firefighters in their efforts to contain the huge woodland blaze at The Roaches, Upperhulme, near Leek.

The fire continues to rage in the tinder dry conditions and is now about to enter its fourth day, despite the courageous efforts of fire crews to contain it.

As many as 12 fire engines have been at the scene and a helicopter has been dropping water onto areas too dangerous for firefighters to enter.

Residents in the locality have been advised to keep their windows and doors shut to keep out the drifting smoke.

As the fire continues to spread there is the possibility some homes will  need to be evacuated.

Firefighters from both Staffordshire and neighbouring Derbyshire are fighting the fire which it is estimated has spread well beyond 80 acres.

Peak District National Park rangers and Severn Trent Water workers together with Staffordshire Police officers are assisting.

The public are urged to stay away from the area and roads around The Roaches remain closed.

A Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “The firefighters are working in very difficult conditions.”