Wales

Grass fire spate continues in south Wales

Burned heathland near the Storey Arms
Image caption The blaze before Easter saw more than 500 hectares (1,235 acres) of heathland on fire

Firefighters are still dealing with a number of grass fires in the south Wales area.

Two crews are at a blaze on a mountain in Cwmtillery, Blaenau Gwent, commonly known as the "Cock and Chick mountain".

Two crews using an eight-wheeled off-road vehicle are tackling a grass fire at Rudry common, near Caerphilly.

A grass fire at Mountain Ash is being dealt with by one crew although another in Llanwonno in Ferndale, Rhondda, is being allowed to burn out.

The blazes come after fire crews dealt with a large mountain fire between Rhondda Cynon Taf and the Brecon Beacons ahead of the Easter weekend.

More than 500 hectares (1,235 acres) of heathland near the Storey Arms was on fire.

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service needed a helicopter, fire engines, all-terrain vehicles and a water bowser to bring it under control.

The fire services say the grass fires endanger staff, divert resources, threaten property and harm tourism and wildlife.

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