10 appliances tackling large fire on the Roaches

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Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is currently dealing with a large scale fire on the Roaches, Upper Hulme, Staffordshire Moorlands.

The service was called at 1:28pm today, Thursday 9th August, to reports of smoke seen from a distance.

There are currently ten appliances in attendance along with water carriers, from Cheadle and Buxton, and rangers and fire fighters are using beaters and main jets to get the fire under control. The blaze involves an area of approximately 500 square metres.

The area is being evacuated with the help of Staffordshire Police and the police helicopter which is checking the area for any members of the public.

One resident has been treated by West Midlands Ambulance Service for smoke inhalation.

Deputy Chief Fire OfficerRob Barber said “Roach Road and the Roaches area is currently closed and we are urging people to avoid the area to allow the crews to continue their work.

“We are working closely with our partners to minimise the amount of damage caused by this fire and we are expecting to be here for some time.

“At this time the caused of the fire is unknown and our focus is on safety containing the fire”

Five crews, the water carrier and rangers, have been called to a grass fire in #UpperHulme near Roach Road which is now closed. The fire involves woodlands measuring approx 100x100m which is well alight. Please avoid the area to allow firefighters to tackle the blaze #GrassFire

We are working with partners from Staffordshire Police, West Midlands Ambulance Service, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service and Sever Trent to get the fire on the Roaches under control and minimise damage. Please avoid the area!

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