Stoke & Staffordshire

Fire at Ramshaw Rocks in Staffordshire Peak District

The Roaches in the Staffordshire Peak District
Image caption The fire has spread across a large area of heathland near the Roaches in the Peak District

A fire spread across about two square miles of heathland in the Staffordshire Peak District.

The blaze near Ramshaw Rocks and the Roaches, between Leek and Buxton, was reported at 2010 BST on Saturday.

A police helicopter monitored the area as 11 fire crews tackled the flames. It was put out by noon on Sunday.

The fire broke out hours after another blaze spread over a 1km area of moorland on the other side of the Peak District, near Huddersfield.

About 30 firefighters were called to the National Trust protected Marsden Moor in West Yorkshire at about 1200 BST.

The fire at Ramshaw Rocks was tackled in three separate sections, a spokesman for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue service said.

At one point flames headed towards Blue Hill Farm near Upper Hulme, but a team of firefighters made the area safe.

The cause of the blaze is not yet known.

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