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Stafford fire teams warn of grass fires

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: August 06, 2014

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FIREFIGHTERS are warning holidaymakers to be more careful to combat grass fires.

Grass fires take up a large amount of firefighters’ time from Easter through to September.

On average they attend 1,200 grass fires a year. Damage caused by these small fires can cost up to £8 million per year.

A fire service spokesman said: “Almost half of them are during school holidays and more than 85% are started deliberately.

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“Our crews could be putting out these avoidable grass fires when they should be helping someone whose life may be in danger at a house fire or road traffic collision.”

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