Firefighters issue plea after attending another deliberate blaze in open woodland



Firefighters have issued an urgent plea after attending another fire in woodland.

A crew from Alsager were called to Swallowmoor Woods off Linley Lane, shortly after 10pm last night (June 7).

And they have now issued a plea to residents to stop starting fires as it means they are unable to get to any life-threatening incidents in the town.

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Firefighters in both Cheshire and Staffordshire have seen an increase in outdoor fires since the coronavirus lockdown easing was followed by a warm and dry spell.

Thankfully, a return to wet weather meant last night’s blaze was unable to spread throughout the woodland.

An Alsager Fire Station spokesman said: “Another evening, another deliberate fire in Swallowmoor Woods off Linley Lane.

“We are in attendance digging out at a deep seated fire involving bracken and undergrowth which is proving difficult to extinguish.

“Whilst doing this we aren’t available to attend life threatening incidents in the Alsager community.

“Fires like these also damage our wonderful natural surroundings and harm wildlife.

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“Spread the word and if you know who is lighting these fires ask them to stop.

“Thankfully a wet weekend has prevented escalation, however in drier circumstances this fire could have rapidly spread out of control.”





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