Following a busy weekend for firefighters tackling grass and gorse fires across the region, the Head of Fire Safety at North Wales Fire and Rescue Service is appealing to the public to help prevent wildfires which can tie up our resources for hours on end.
Dave Hughes, Head of Fire Safety and Western Area at North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said:
“Every year fire is responsible for the destruction of thousands of hectares of countryside, open space and wildlife habitats. Many of these fires are preventable and caused by our behaviour.
“We would like to remind farmers and landowners that while they may burn heather, grass, bracken and gorse up until the 15 March (up to 31 March in Upland areas), they must have a Burn Plan in place to ensure they are burning safely. It is against the law to burn outside of the burning season and can result in penalties of up to £1000.
“I would like to reinforce our messages that while accidents can happen, there are some within our communities who are deliberately setting fire to our countryside – not only is this a crime, for which they will be prosecuted, but it also places unnecessary pressure on front line services and puts our communities in harm’s way.
“Remember - If are out enjoying the countryside and you do come across any suspicious activity, please call CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or ring 101. In an emergency, always call 999.”
Further advice available here.