Crews battle a fire in woodland believed to have been started by a 'camp fire'

A fire in Cannock Chase spanned 15 hectares. Credit: ITV News Central

Firefighters have been battling a fire in woodland in Staffordshire - which was believed to have been started by a 'camp fire'.

Crews from Cannock and Rugeley were called to an area just off Marquis Drive in Cannock Chase, before 7am this morning. (June 2).

Early indications suggest it's started as a result of a small camp fire.

Over the Bank Holiday, (May 22 - May 26), Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service received more than 50 calls to secondary fires.

In one instance, more than 70 firefighters were sent to Cannock Chase where a fire spanned 15 hectares - about the size of 21 football fields.

In Shropshire, fire crews tackled a 'large fire' on top of the Wrekin on Friday (May 29).

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service reminded people to not barbecue on grassland, Dispose of litter in bins - especially glass and don't have garden fires as embers can drift.

Pictures from Hayley Hughes.

Pictures from the blaze in Cannock show a pile of stone with charred wood and ash in the centre.

Smoke from the fire was seen creeping across the woods.

Credit: Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service
Credit: Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service

Staffordshire County Council have warned that some parks may have to close after a fire destroyed parts of Cannock Chase.

Economic Growth Cabinet Member, Mark Winnington is urging potential park-goers to not light fire and pick up their litter.

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