Grass fire threat to overhead wires near Pontycymer

Grass fire threat to overhead wires near Pontycymer

05 April 2013

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UK — Concerns have been raised about a grass fire in Bridgend county affecting overhead wires, as crews tackle blazes across south Wales.

An electrical engineer has been called to the scene near Pontycymer, said South Wales Fire and Rescue Service.

Elsewhere, three crews are tackling a 200-hectare (500 acre) grass blaze at Garnswllt, near Ammanford.

There are also fires in grassland in Cardiff, Bridgend, Newport, Pontypool, Tonypandy and Ystrad Mynach.

More than 180 fires have been tackled since March, with many started deliberately.

Fires reported on Friday evening include Fairwood Common, near Swansea Airport, where crews were called at 18:27 BST, and land near Llangorse Lake.

The alarm was raised on the Llangorse fire at 14:17 BST, and Mid and West Wales fire service said some areas of land were being allowed to burn out.

Ten hectares (25 acres) of grass land have also been destroyed at Abercrave with crews called at 17:21 BST.

The fires are the latest in an extremely busy period for firefighters across south, mid and west Wales.

Incidents began on 18 March with 21 grass fires in Carmarthenshire, four in Ceredigion, 42 in Neath Port Talbot, 24 in Pembrokeshire, 26 in Powys and 69 in Swansea.

Some fires are thought to have been started deliberately with children currently on the Easter holiday.

In north Wales there were 11 deliberate fires over the Easter weekend of which three were grass blazes.

South Wales fire service said it was called to about 75 grass fires on Tuesday.

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