UK — FIRE crews have tackled at least 484 grass fires in Wales since the beginning of this month with emergency services called out to incidents in Kilvey Hill, Llansamlet, Clydach, Blaenymaes, Winchwen and on the Black mountain in Upper Brynamman this weekend alone.
Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service has dealt with 200, while colleagues have been called to deal with another 284. It comes at a cost to the service of £850,000, as well as tying up valuable manpower.
On one day alone April 15 the South Wales service took 100 grass fire calls.
Jennie Griffiths, head of the fire control centre at the South Wales service, revealed the £850,000 figure on Twitter, where she urged the public to report deliberate acts of arson. “284 grass fires this month, 264 in the last 10 days. #firecrime help us stop it, if you see it please report it.”