THE number of grass fires reported during the summer holidays has dropped this year - but young arsonists still forced fire fighters to tackle 266 blazes across the county, new figures reveal.
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service tackled 266 grass fires between July 21 and August 30.
The number has dropped dramatically since 2011, where the figure was 654.
Warm weather traditionally sparks a rise but fire bosses believe the prevention work done with young people has helped to cut the number.
The service produced a video called Teenage Caveman in May. The short film aims to raise awareness of the penalties that teenagers could face if convicted.
The service’s Flames Aren’t Games campaign has also played a part. Fire fighters visit schools and youth clubs to warn them of the dangers of grass fires and the effect they have on the environment.
A portable sporting arena visited parks across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, helping to reduce anti-social behavior by entertaining youngsters during the holidays.