Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are asking the public to refrain from burning rubbish during dry weather conditions.
While everything is so dry at the moment we would urge residents not to burn any manure, rubbish or start any sort of bonfire. The risk of it getting out of control is too high so please wait until we’ve had some rain.
The call comes after a controlled burn of some horse manure caused a fire which spread across approximately five acres of arable land in South Staffordshire yesterday, Monday July 9.
Crews from Brewood, Tettenhall, Dudley and Wolverhampton responded to reports of a field fire off Post Office Road in Seisdon just after 5.40pm. They used four hose reel jets, a main jet, beaters and backpacks to tackle the blaze, which involved two farm fields, a conifer hedgerow and a manure pile at a neighbouring stables.
Firefighters remained at the incident until 8.20pm.
Dez Stoddart, Station Manager, said: “While everything is so dry at the moment we would urge residents not to burn any manure, rubbish or start any sort of bonfire. The risk of it getting out of control is too high so please wait until we’ve had some rain.
"Please make sure any bonfires you do have are away from any vegetation or buildings, never leave them unattended and make sure you have a suitable water supply to hand.
“This incident involved a hay field which had recently been cut and baled. Some remaining dried grass scattered about the field and a field with long dry meadow grass.
“We believe a nearby stable yard had a smouldering manure pile and when the wind picked up this allowed the fire to quickly develop and spread to nearby fields behind it.
“Please think twice before burning anything while the hot weather continues.”