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Eighty-five firefighters tackle major fire at Cannock Chase

April 22 2020

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging people to stay away from the Mere Valley area of Cannock Chase as firefighters remain at the scene of last night’s major fire.

The service was called at 5.15pm yesterday (Tuesday 21 April) to the incident between Brook Lane and Brock Hill, off Pool Road, in Brocton, Stafford.

Eighty-five firefighters with specialist equipment and 12 fire engines attended the scene at the height of the blaze which involved a large area of grass land. Fire crews attended from Cannock, Rugeley, Penkridge, Gnosall, Chase Terrace, Eccelshall, Uttoxeter, Abbots Bromley and Rising Brook (Stafford).

Six fire engines are still at Cannock Chase this afternoon and firefighters are checking for hotspots and dampening down. There is also assistance from the forest rangers at the scene. 

A road closure was put in place on Pool Lane by Staffordshire Police but was reopened around 11pm.

Group manager Jim Bywater, from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Crews are continuing to check Cannock Chase for hotspots and would discourage anyone from visiting Cannock Chase for their daily exercise following last night’s major fire. 

“We would like to thank our partners who helped us in tackling this fire, including Staffordshire Police for the use of their drone, and Forestry Commission rangers.

Chief Inspector Giles Parsons, Commander of Stafford Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “A police drone was used by an officer at the scene which proved invaluable, informing the fire commanders of the spread and direction of the fire.

“Officers also carried out road closures to allow Staffordshire Fire and Rescue to bring in their resources.”

Crews are continuing to check Cannock Chase for hotspots and would discourage anyone from visiting Cannock Chase for their daily exercise following last night’s major fire.

Group manager Jim Bywater, from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service