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Shobnall grass fire sparks anger among firefighters in Burton

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 08, 2014

Grass fire feature, Burton fire station

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A GRASS fire covering a huge patch of land in Burton has urged firefighters to speak out to teens about the dangers of lighting them.

The fire was set deliberately in Shobnall last week, well away from the roadside.

Because of this firefighters struggled to reach the fire on arrival and had to carry backpacks full of water up a large hill to contain the blaze until a long enough hose line could be connected.

Crew manager Chris Neale said: "Not only are these kinds of fires dangerous for the people setting them, they're also dangerous for others and the firefighters who have to attend, not to mention any wildlife in the area.

"They are a real nuisance to us, because while we are putting out a fire caused by teenagers we are being kept from attending other emergencies where people need our help.

"Sometimes this can mean that another crew from further afield has to come out, but this takes longer and has a knock-on effect that means that their usual patch is left one crew short."

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