Grinshill Woods: More than 40 firefighters tackle blaze

Grinshill woods fire
Image caption Nine fire crews were called to Grinshill Woods at 20:00 BST on Wednesday
Grinshill woods fire
Image caption Firefighters said they had problems getting access to the site, which is on a hill
Grinshill woods fire
Image caption Fire crews expect to be at the scene until Thursday night

More than 40 firefighters are tackling a fire at a woodland in Shropshire.

A large area of gorse and trees is alight, on a hill at Grinshill Woods near Wem, the fire service said. It started at 20:00 BST on Wednesday.

One firefighter suffered minor injuries and was taken to hospital.

Andy Johnson, from Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service, said they did not know how the blaze had started but added dry weather conditions "were a problem".

Mr Johnson said: "One of the biggest issues has been the location...we couldn't get fire engines all the way up the hill so we used 4x4 vehicles, which was also difficult in the dark."

He said that crews had initially contained the fire to protect a number of houses at the bottom of the hill.

"Now, in the daylight, we're going to make a concerted effort to put the fire out but the dry weather conditions aren't helping us," he said.

Mr Johnson said he expected crews to be at the scene until Thursday night.

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