Grass fires tie up crews

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Firefighters spent hours dealing with grass fires in South Yorkshire – some of them started deliberately.

One of the biggest blazes was in woodland off Lodge Lane, Rivelin, Sheffield, which was caused by a camp fire burning out of control.

It was reported to crews at 10am on Sunday and was not fully extinguished until 2.15pm.

Firefighters were also called out to a blaze involving an area of grassland measuring 30m by 30m at The Crags, Stocksbridge.

The fire was started deliberately.

Phil Shillito, South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue area manager, said: “Fire crews are warning the public to take care in the hot, dry weather, after a series of grass fires kept firefighters occupied for hours on Sunday.

“South Yorkshire communities are being asked to prevent fires in this hot weather by extinguishing cigarettes properly and not throwing cigarette ends on the ground and avoiding using open fires in the countryside.”

“Do not leave bottles or glass in woodland – sunlight shining through glass can start fires.

“Only use barbecues in a suitable and safe area and never leaving them unattended.

“Immediately report any fires spotted in the countryside, but do not attempt to tackle fires that can’t be put out with a bucket of water – leave the area as quickly as possible. The vast majority of the grass fires South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue attends each year are started deliberately.”

Firefighters were also called to Cartmell Court, Carlton, Barnsley, after flames from a rubbish fire spread to two garden sheds and a fence.

They also dealt with a Vauxhall Astra set alight on Brierley Road, Grimesthorpe, Barnsley.

n Anyone with information on arson attacks is asked to call police on 101 .