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People visiting Chasewater are being asked to think before lighting a fire after two incidents last week.

Fire crews were twice called to the country park, where they struggled to reach incidents because of issues with cars blocking access roads.

But after similar blazes at Cannock Chase, Cllr Mark Winnington, from Staffordshire County Council, said people needed to consider their actions when visiting Chasewater and other beauty spots.

Cllr Mark Winnington

“We see ourselves as custodians of this fantastic countryside and it is truly heart-breaking to see the impact fires can rapidly have on the landscape and our precious habitats.

“Rare wildlife species are rearing young at this time of year and fires can have a devastating effect.

“We know as lockdown measures are ease more people are returning to enjoy them which is great news, but with our country parks still on high fire risk alert, we are appealing to everyone not to have barbecues, light camp fires or discard of cigarettes carelessly.”

Cllr Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council

Although restrictions on visiting beauty spots have been eased, Cllr Winnington said they would be reintroduced if necessary.

“We have closed areas due to the risk and will not hesitate to extend closures if the rules are not adhered to, for everyone’s safety.

“A moment’s carelessness can see fires destroy land and habitat within minutes – so please think twice before you light a fire this summer.”

Cllr Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council


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  1. Fires have often been set by the yacht ‘beach’ but not in the conditions as they are with months of near drought. The lack of rangers (cut to 2 who have other sites to look after, by Staffs County Council) is a factor alongside the ridiculous government change in policy. Alas, any problems will strengthen those in SCC looking to offload management to a private company (very much on the cards).

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