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Shropshire beauty spot hit by woodland blaze - with pictures

By Rory Smith | Minsterley | News | Published:

Fifty firefighters crews were called to fight a large fire in the open at an area known as The Bog, near the Stiperstones.

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service sent seven vehicles from across Shropshire on Tuesday afternoon.

Firefighters said this morning that crews maintained a watching brief overnight and were today making the area safe in case of further fire.

The fire was close to this house. Photo: @SFRS_cjackson

Shropshire Fire and Rescue service said that the fire was still contained this morning with firefighters concentrating on making a safe access to the hill in case crews have to return.

Crews have also been filling a huge portable water containor with 8,000 litres of water to use if needed. There was expected to be a fire presence at The Bog for the rest of the day.

Firefighters from across the county were deployed overnight and a spokesman for the service said it was grateful to employees who allowed the retained firefighters to take time of work to deal with incidents.

A huge presence at the fire. Photo: @SFRS_GST

"We try to ensure, through rotating crews, that we can get people here during the day who don't have to go to work."

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"Shropshire has areas that are particularly vulnerable to fire like this, such as here and on the Wrekin. We are well versed in how to deal with them."

The fire spread over five hectares of woodland area and crews say they don't yet know the cause of the fire, which started close to Minsterley shooting range at about 2.45pm.

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Malcolm Stevenson, of Shropshire Fire and Rescue, said yesterday: "There has been a substantial fire that is still ongoing.

"Thankfully the fire is in a sparsely populated area and our crews are working hard to get it under control to make sure it doesn't spread."

Additional reporting by Sue Austin

Rory Smith

By Rory Smith
Reporter - @rorysmith_star

Trainee news reporter based at the Shropshire Star's Ketley office in Telford.

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