Incredible scenes as helicopter helps crews battle forest fires for 18 hours

Incredible scenes as helicopter helps crews battle forest fires for 18 hours

09 June 2013

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United Kingdom — FIREFIGHTERS battled for more than 18 hours after a blaze swept through 15 hectares of forestry.

The fire broke out in the early hours of Saturday morning in Glyncorrwg in the Afan Valley.

Crews from Cymmer, Maesteg, Neath, Morriston and Port Talbot, were all called to the scene after the blaze first ripped through the area at 00.54am.
They were finally away from the scene at 7.08pm.

Homes were almost evacuated in Heol Glyn because of the blaze.

Further grass fires were also reported in Swansea along with the Port Talbot area.

A fire service spokeswoman said: “There was 15 hectares of forestry well alight.

“They used hose reel jets, beaters and a back pack to extinguish the fire and the helicopter was also there in use.

“We have been out there all day.

“We had an officer there carrying out an inspection.”

Further grass fires broke out in other parts of South West Wales.

In Port Talbot, there was a grass fire which broke out at Ascot Drive in Baglan at 2.51am on Saturday.

A fire service spokeswoman added: “There was a small grass fire which spread to fencing, the crew left the scene at 3.39am.”

A further grass blaze was reported at Bryngurnos Street in Bryn, Port Talbot, at 8.20pm, which was tackled by the Port Talbot crew.

Meanwhile in Swansea, there was a minor grass fire that happened at Clos Penybanc in Morriston on Saturday afternoon at around 3.27pm.

It took the fire crew a total of 12 minutes to bring under control.

Yesterday, firefighters were also called out to Pentrepoeth Road in Morriston following a small grass fire, which they tackles in 15 minutes.


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