Llanrwst forest blaze under control as residents return

Llanrwst forest blaze under control as residents return

25 April 2010

published by news.bbc.co.uk

United Kingdom —    Firefighters have brought a woodland and gorse blaze that covered 10 acres in north Wales under control.

Residents have been allowed to return to their homes near Capel Garmon, Llanrwst in Conwy.

More than 55 fire fighters from as far afield as Bangor, Colwyn Bay and Rhyl were involved in bringing the fire under control.

Fire fighters are now checking for hot spots in the predominantly private forestry land.

Five houses were evacuated and a further six were affected by smoke from the blaze, which started at about 1330 BST on Saturday.

The North Wales Police helicopter was used to monitor the extent of the fire from the air and a minor road from the A470 to Capel Garmon was closed.

Nine fire engines were called at the scene as well as two off road vehicles, the incident command unit from Rhyl and the environmental protection unit from Wrexham.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

On Saturday, a spokesperson for the North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: “Following the recent spell of dry weather there have been a number of grass fires across Wales – many of which have occurred in areas where access is extremely difficult, tying up resources for long period of time.”

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