Stoke & Staffordshire

Fewer Easter grass fires in north Staffordshire recorded

North Staffordshire saw a reduction in Easter grass fires, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service said.

A spokesman said there was a 29% decrease in grass fires over the Easter break compared to last year.

From 11 to 24 April 2011 there were 110 grass fires in Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle and the Moorlands compared to 154 during last year's Easter holidays.

He said the reduction could be down to a grass fires campaign the fire service had run to educate young people.

Prevention manager Mick Daniels said: "Although 110 fires are still 110 too many we are pleased to see a significant reduction following our hard work with our grass fires campaign.

'Almost always avoidable'

"We launched the grass fires campaign last month with support from Port Vale and Stoke City football players, with a view to educating young people about the dangers of grass fires.

"Not all grass fires are started deliberately however they are almost always avoidable.

"Whilst we are dealing with grass fires, it means some of our crews aren't available to attend other emergencies."

He added the grass fires campaign will continue throughout the summer months and firefighters will continue to patrol areas which are causing problems.

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