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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


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.

Fire crews tackle Snowdonian grass fires

North Wales Fire and Rescue are tackling three separate mountain fires on the edge of Snowdonia. Appliances from Llanberis, Bangor and Menai Bridge are trying to bring the fire at Moel y Ci, near Bethesda under control.

Fire engines from Caernarfon and Porthmadog have also been dealing with a gorse fire at Ceunant, near Caernarfon. An area of around 100 square metres of gorse and bracken has also caught fire at Rachub in Gwynedd. North Wales fire service had already dealt with 52 similar fires since last Thursday.


Fire crews report hundreds of grass fire call-outs

Welsh fire services say they have been called out to hundreds of grass fires since the beginning of the recent dry spell. They are warning people to take extra care as the weather is forecast to remain dry.

  • South Wales Fire and Rescue - 102 fires since Sunday
  • Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue - 340 calls to fires since Saturday
  • North Wales Fire and Rescue - 52 fires since Thursday

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