Blaze breaks out next to one of Sheffield's busiest roads

Firefighters have been tackling a blaze next to one of Sheffield's busiest roads today.

Witnesses said the flames spread across grassland next to the A61 Chesterfield Road South close to the junction with Lowedges Road, Lowedges, at about noon.

The scorched grassland.

The scorched grassland.

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Fire crews were spotted at the scene extinguishing the blaze.

There has been a spate of grass fires during the recent heatwave prompting fire chiefs to appeal for members of the public to consider fire safety measures.

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Tony Carlin, head of emergency response at South Yorkshrie Fire and Rescue, said: “Our crews are providing a fantastic service in what are clearly very hot, difficult firefighting conditions. We are proud of each and every one of our firefighters and control operators and they are rightly receiving praise from the public during what is a busier than usual period for us.

“But with the forecast set to remain warm and dry for several weeks, we really need people to help us, help them by taking some basic precautions to prevent fires. For example, take rubbish with you if you are out and about in the countryside as glass bottles and cigarette ends can easily start fires.

“We’d much rather people put off having garden bonfires until the hot, dry weather has subsided, but if you do insist on having a fire make sure it is sited well away from sheds, buildings and trees and don’t leave it unattended.

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“And with around three quarters of all the fires we attend being arson, report people starting fires in your area to police 101 or Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.”