Deliberate mountain fire in Trefor, Llangollen

Posted 26/04/2020 08:51:09

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service are asking for people to think about the consequences of their actions after crews were called to a deliberate mountain fire in near Llangollen during the early hours of this morning (Sunday, 26th April).

Firefighters from Llangollen, Johnstown and Chirk were called to the wildfire at Trefor at 4:20am today.

Tim Owen, Station Manager for the North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: “Three seats of fire have been discovered which suggests to us that this was deliberate ignition.
“Crews remain at the scene damping down however the fire is deep seated so we will remain at the location for some time.
“This behaviour is completely unacceptable. The individual(s) setting the fires put extra pressure on emergency service resources which are already stretched at this time.
“Deliberate fires place tremendous strain on resources, with our crews committed for a considerable length of time trying to bring them under control - which prevents us from attending genuine emergencies. Actions like this do not help us keep our community safe.

“Remember - setting fires is a criminal offence and we are actively working alongside North Wales Police to combat such incidents. We would urge anybody with information on such crimes to contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or North Wales Police on 101 or via their live webchat. In an emergency always dial 999.”
Fire crews also remain at the scene of a gorse fire in Ruabon which is believed to have been a deliberate ignition.

The North Wales Fire and Rescue Service were called at 17:01 yesterday evening (Saturday 25th April) to a fire involving 5000sqm of gorse alight.

Crews from Johnstown and the narrow access vehicle from Llangollen attended and two crews from Wrexham remain at the scene today.

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