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Firefighters tackle woodland fire near Enville for three days

By Dayna Farrington | Stourbridge | News | Published:

Fire crews from across the region have been fighting a grass fire in woodland near Stourbridge for three days.

Firefighters have been at Million Woods in Enville since Friday

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service crews have been stationed at Million Wood, off Chester Road, near Enville since Friday afternoon.

Crews were first alerted to the fire just after 3pm on Friday, after it started in a heavily wooded area on one of the hottest days of the year.

Fire crews at the scene off Chester Road

Five fire engines and 25 firefighters were sent to help get the fire under control after three and a half hectares of linden trees were caught up in the flames.

A full fire break was put in place by the landowner with a tractor and water carriers from Cannock, a wildfire vehicle from Rugeley and relief crews from Burton on Trent and Uttoxeter were on hand to help on Friday.

And crews were still at the scene on Sunday morning damping down the fire and checking for any hotspots. They were assisted by a Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service crew from Bridgnorth station.

Fire crews at the scene at Million Wood

A spokesman from Staffordshire Fire Service said they expected to be at the scene for the rest of Sunday.

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On Sunday afternoon, a tweet from the fire service said: "Our crews with assistance from Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service Bridgnorth continue to deal with the woodland fire near Enville.

"Great assistance from landowner has created additional fire breaks and additional access for our specialist wildfire appliances."

Aerial photos show the scale of the fire

A spokesman for the service said: "It is still ongoing this morning [Sunday]. We have got four appliances there, however we also have a couple of ranger 4x4s there too. Farm machinery was also in use.

"They are damping down at the scene and making sure it does not spread. We are planning to be there for all of Sunday into the evening."

Dayna Farrington

By Dayna Farrington
Senior reporter based at Wolverhampton

Reporter for the Express & Star based at Wolverhampton.

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