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Dozens of 'deliberate' grass fires in hot weather

Fire crews around Wales have been battling dozens of grass fires over the weekend - many of which they say were started deliberately.

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service says it responded to 32 grass fires yesterday, and many more deliberate blazes overnight.

Mid and West Wales Fire Service says four hectares - nearly 10 acres - of grassland was destroyed by a fire above Seven Sisters last night.

It responded to a number of other blazes, as the hot weather continues.

Six fire crews tackle blaze on Rhigos Mountain

South Wales Fire and Rescue dealing with grass fires

Warning after 'accidental' 70 acre grass fire

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service are warning people to take extra care when in the countryside after a large gorse fire was found to be caused accidentally by campers.

Around 35 firefighters spent almost 12 hours tackling the 70 acre fire in the Cae Dafydd area of Nantmor in Gwynedd.

Every year, outdoor fires destroy acres of countryside and wildlife habitats, and tie up valuable resources which could be saving lives elsewhere. Vegitation is extremely dry at the moment and outdoor fires can spread quickly. Campers and walkers should avoid the use of naked flames and camp in designated areas.

– Gwyn Roberts, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service

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Crews tackle more grass fires

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service have been dealing with two large grass fires overnight. Crews spent much of the night tackling a blaze near Llangollen, Denbighshire, that spread across one hectare of land. It was brought under control at around five o'clock this morning.

Four pumps and three off road vehicles were used during the peak of the fire. Fire-fighters will return later this morning to reinspect the area.

In Llanuwchllyn near Bala, Gwynedd, a fire swept across 40 hectares last night. Three fire engines and an off road vehicle spent more than five hours dealing with the gorse fire.

South Wales Fire and Rescue say there were also a number of grass fires around Merthyr and Blaenavon.

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