Timber fires prompt warning

First published in News

The fire service is warning the public to remain vigilant to the dangers of deliberate fire setting after crews were called to two separate fires involving felled logs and brash timber over the weekend.

On Saturday morning, crews were called to Capel Curig, Ffostrasol, to deal with a fire covering an area of approximately seven hectares. A total of 24 Firefighters from Llandysul, Lampeter, New Quay and Carmarthen attended the scene and used high pressure hose reel jets and high pressure lances to extinguish the fire.

The second incident occurred in Penegoes, Machynlleth on Sunday afternoon, covering an area of approximately 20 hectares. A total of 23 firefighters from Machynlleth, Aberystwyth, Builth Wells, as well as a 4x4 off road vehicle and water bowser from North Wales Fire and Rescue Service were able to stop the fire from entering a nearby forestry plantation and spreading to two nearby properties.

Station Manager Craig Turner said: “Conditions were challenging for the crews as the terrain was very mountainous and difficult under foot, but through the use of high pressure hose reel jets, main jets, beaters and two special appliances we were able to deal with both fires.”

The crews were in attendance at both incidents for more than eight hours.

Arson Reduction Manager Steve Richards said: “Both these incidents were the result of deliberate burning which got out of control. I would urge all those responsible for land management to take care when burning on their land and obey the Heather and Grass Burning Regulations for Wales.

He added: “Everyone needs to remain extra vigilant, particularly during the prolonged period of hot and dry weather we are currently experiencing as small fires can easily spread and get out of control.”

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service urge anyone who notices any suspicious behaviour to contact them on 01792 705130 or call Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.

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