Almost 12 months on and parts of the Roaches remain blighted by the effects of the fire.
As we enter into the summer months we urge people not to have BBQs or camp fires on the Roaches. If you see smoke or fire call 999 immediately, do not assume somebody else will.
We are keeping this appeal running. Any money donated will go towards managing and restoring the Roaches.
Funding is needed to buy additional specialist fire fighting and prevention equipment in the aftermath of the devastating fire on the Roaches.
We urgently need -
During mid-August 2018 a huge moorland fire swept across the Roaches causing devastation to Staffordshire's most iconic landscape.
Over 200 acres of moorland was destroyed which will take years to recover.
The fire was started by a camp fire that quickly got out of control due to the dry conditions and strong winds.
At its height 12 fire appliances were on site with welfare pods, water carriers and specialist equipment for fighting moorland fires. Some of this specialist equipment needed to be brought in from long distances as it was not available locally.
Moorland fires can smoulder for weeks or even months due to the peat in the ground with a real danger that hot-spots can flare up and catch fire again if they are not quickly dampened down. Volunteers will be on site for many weeks looking for signs of the fire restarting.
This equipment is needed immediately.
As well as helping the Roaches, this equipment will be available for use by the Fire Operations Group to tackle other fires in the Peak District.
Work is underway to assess the extent of the damage and the restoration work that will be needed to restore the landscape. Once plans have been made we will be making a further appeal for your support.
Photos - Rod Kirkpatrick/F Stop Press