Stoke & Staffordshire

Alton grassland fire under control

Alton fire Image copyright Lance Edwards
Image caption The fire near Earls Rock covered more than 10 hectares

A number of grass and woodland fires across Staffordshire have been brought under control.

Most firefighters had left the scene of the most serious blaze near Earls Rock, Alton, by 21:30 BST on Wednesday but the cause remains unknown.

Earlier in the day crews also dealt with fires in Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stone.

The fire service said it dealt with more than 100 grass and bin fires over the Easter holiday.

At least one of the fires on Wednesday was believed to be accidental.

More than 40 firefighters tackled the Alton blaze, which covered an area of more than 10 hectares (25 acres), at its height.

Group Manager Glynn Luznyj said crews had worked through the night and were expected to remain at the scene for much of the day.

Image copyright Staffordshire Fire and Rescue
Image caption The fire damaged an area the size of about 15 football pitches, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue said

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