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People Urged To Follow Advice As Crews Tackle Grass Fire in the Staffordshire Moorlands

People are being affected by smoke from a blaze between Thorncliffe and Shawfields, near to the former Mermaid pub and are being asked to follow health and safety advice as crews tackle the blaze

Staffordshire County Council is working with the fire and rescue service to ensure everyone remains safe and well until the grassland fire is put out.

Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council, said:

“Fire crews from across the north of the county are working hard to tackle the fire on grassland which has been burning since yesterday evening.

“People living in areas affected by the fire and drifting smoke are being asked to stay indoors and keep their windows and doors closed for the time being.

“It has been necessary to close off some roads in the area and we would ask motorists who do need to travel to respect any diversion signs and to listen to the local radio station or check online for updates People are being asked not to travel to the site of the fire.”

The following advice has been issued::

  • People in areas affected by the smoke should stay indoors, keep doors and windows closed and check online or listen to the local radio station for updates
  • Motorists are asked to avoid the area. However, those travelling in the area near the smoke should keep windows closed, turn off air-conditioning and keep air vents closed.
  • Motorists, cyclists and walkers are asked to respect diversion route. People are being asked not to go to the location of the fire
  • Smoke is an irritant and can make existing health issues such as asthma worse.  People in affected areas are being asked to keep any medication with them
  • If anybody feels unwell after becoming affected by the smoke or becomes concerned about their heath they should telephone the NHS helpline on 111