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Fire crews battle blaze at Black Country nature reserve

Fire crews were battling a blaze at a Black Country nature reserve this afternoon.


West Midlands Fire Service crews from Brierley Hill attended the fire at Saltwells Nature Reserve at around 1.30pm.

Witnessing the flames and taking photos as fire crews tackled them, was resident George Perkins.

He said: "I was walking at the nature reserve and I noticed the fire at half one today lasting till two when we left. However it was still blazing when we left.

"There was considerable damage done to the trees with roughly five firefighters patting it down and one on the actual cliff directing colleagues."

Brierley Hill fire station confirmed its attendance at the scene over Twitter.

At around 2pm they tweeted: "We are currently tackling this fire in Saltwells Nature Reserve, we now have it under control and it'll hopefully be out soon."

Elsewhere crews from Cannock, Lichfield and Rugeley were dealing with a large grass fire on Gentleshaw Common in Staffordshire on Saturday evening.

The fire was under control, but firefighters remained on the scene into the evening.

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