FIREFIGHTERS from Llandysul were called out this afternoon (Wednesday July 4) to deal with a hedge and grass fire between Rhydlewis and Brynhoffnant.

It is the latest in a spate of wildfires in the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service area sparked by the current heatwave which has left areas tinder-dry.

A large fire broke out at Cwmtydu, near New Quay, and crews are still there tackling pockets of fire where 10 hectares had been alight.

MAWWFRS has urged the public to be vigilant when they are out enjoying the fine weather.

A spokesman said: “Please bear in mind that the combination of dry ground and high temperatures not only increases the likelihood of wildfires occurring but also contributes to their increase in severity.

“It is only natural that we want to make the most of the nice weather, so please take the following advice into consideration over the summer.

“Please extinguish cigarettes and other smoking materials properly. If you are planning a barbeque, make sure that your barbeque site is flat and well away from buildings, fences, trees and shrubs.

“Never leave a lit barbeque unattended and always extinguish it properly.

“Please dispose of bottles, glasses and any broken glass properly, to avoid them magnifying the sun and starting a fire.

“Never start open fires in the countryside. They can spread quickly and endanger lives, wildlife and can severely damage our countryside and our environment.”