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Large number of deliberate grass fires in South Wales condemned by fire services

Fire fighters in south Wales have condemned arsonists after being called to a large number of grass fires across the region in the last month.

South Wales Fire and Rescue have attended 270 grass fires in the last seven days, a large number of these are believed to have been set deliberately.

Martin Henderson, Head of Risk Reduction, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service condemned deliberate grass fire setting, and said

“South Wales Fire and Rescue Service is joining with the Police and its other partners to crack down on those who deliberately set fires.

“Anyone thinking about deliberately setting fire to the mountainside needs to realise that we will pull out all the stops to ensure that they are caught and could face prosecution”.

He continued “The people responsible for starting these fires need to understand that the fires severely damage much of the countryside surrounding their communities and they are putting lives in danger as it can take us a few minutes longer to respond to incidents in the towns and villages of South Wales if we are on top of a mountain tackling a forest fire.”

Chairman, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Cllr Anthony Ernest said “These fires are dangerous and unpredictable, and can quickly spread out of control.  Firefighters battle against them under arduous conditions, with fires spreading across difficult and sometimes inaccessible terrain.”

Anyone witnessing the deliberately lighting fires is asked to contact their local police station or telephone Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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