Fire crews still working to extinguish Roaches fire

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Firefighters are continuing to tackle a significant fire on the Roaches near Leek.

Crews are continuing to work to extinguish the fire, using backpacks and beaters, and hose reel jets. Dams have been set up in use to supply water to the area.

The incident has been sectorised and the surrounding roads remain closed – Hulme Road and the bordering country lanes which loop around the Roaches ridge. The public are urged to avoid this area, the smoke is thick and changing wind directions mean it is travelling some distance. Walkers, climbers etc are asked not to come to the area.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Rob Barber said: “This incident is likely to continue for some time, the terrain and wind conditions are causing us difficulty in accessing the fire safely. We are tackling the fire from both sides and will be looking to use a helicopter to put water on the fire from above – this is being sourced by colleagues from Staffordshire Wildlife Trust.

“We’re also working closely with colleagues from Seven Trent, the Peak District National Park and colleagues from Derbyshire Fire Service who are helping supply water.

“Overnight we evacuated two rural homes and we continue our efforts to protect these properties. Any residents that need to leave will be informed directly.

“Smoke is still travelling some distance so please keep doors and windows shut if you’re in an area affected by it.

“We’d like to thank the public for offers of support and local businesses for providing refreshments”

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