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Camp fire caused huge Roaches fire in Peak District

A huge fire which has burned for days on the Roaches was caused by a camp fire, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service say.

Firefighters were called to the moorland fire on Thursday, August 9, at around 1.30pm - and they've been there ever since.

Investigators this week found a fire pit which had been created out of rocks.

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It's believed people had been wild camping in the area. They apparently tried to cover the fire with more rocks to extinguish it, but it ultimately spread across 200 acres of land - which is now destroyed.

Several homes also had to be evacuated during the blaze.

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Staffordshire Fire and Rescue say,

Although it is relief that this fire was not started deliberately it is very frustrating that it could have easily been prevented.

We always urge people not to start fires in the open especially during weather like we have seen in the last few weeks.

– Director of prevent and protect Glynn Luznyj, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service
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Fire officers say that the heatwave made everything dry and flammable, which contributed to the spread of this blaze, along with the strong winds.

They're urging people simply not to start fires.

The fire and rescue service will be at the scene for the next couple of days in order to extinguish the fire completely.