Large grass fire breaks out in Sirhowy Valley

Fire crews are currently tackling a large grass fire that's spread to 250 hectares of land in Wattsville. Firefighters across the south Wales valleys spent much of today tackling grass fires around the region.

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Fire crews tackle 140 hectare grass fire in Wattsville

South Wales Fire Service has closed the only road going through a village near Blackwood while firefighters tackle a large fire.

A mountain near the village on Wattsville is currently alight. Credit: Simon Latham

The fire service has deployed appliances to a mountain near Wattsville, where 140 hectares of trees and bracken are alight.

South Wales Fire Service has dealt with over 700 grass fires this April Credit: Simon Latham

South Wales Fire Service says it has dealt with more than 700 grass fires since the beginning of April, the majority of which were deliberately started.

Four youths aged between 12 and 14 were arrested in Maerdy on Sunday evening and have since been bailed pending further enquiries.

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