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People Urged To observe road closures As Crews continue to Tackle Grass Fire in the Staffordshire Moorlands

Motorists are being reminded about several road closures between Thorncliffe and Shawfields, near to the former Mermaid pub as crews continue to tackle a large grass fire.

Staffordshire County Council has been working closely with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service throughout the weekend to ensure everyone remains safe and well until the grassland fire is put out.

Both Wardlows and Morridge road remain closed and drivers are being reminded to observe the closures and use alternative roads.  A number of public paths near to the former Mermaid pub have also been closed for safety and will remain so until the fire is out.

Gill Heath, Cabinet Member for Communities at Staffordshire County Council said:

“Our highways teams and country park rangers have been working with the fire service over the weekend as they dealt with a large grass fire which started on Saturday evening.

“A number of roads still remain closed in the area to allow the Fire Service to continue their work to put the fire out.  I would ask motorists who do need to travel in the area to please observe the closures and use alternative routes where possible. It has also been necessary to temporarily close a number of public paths near to the site to keep people safe, so once again we are urging people not to visit the area.

“As there is still some drifting smoke from the fire, people in affected areas are also being asked to follow any advice and stay indoors and close their doors and windows.”

The following advice has been issued::

  • 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 health they should telephone the NHS helpline on 111