North Wales firefighters tackled four separate wildfires over the weekend – three of which were on the Llyn Peninsula. On Saturday, March 19, three fire engines were called to a gorse fire in Garndolbenmaen shortly after 2.30pm.
Two crews from Caernarfon, one from Harlech and one from Porthmadog attended the scene at Y Fron with a “considerable amount of resources” remaining at the scene overnight until mid-morning on Sunday. The cause of the blaze is currently unknown and fire crews are due to return to the area at 4pm to investigate.
Just 20 minutes later, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service received reports of another wildfire 20 miles away in Botwnnog. One crew from Nefyn and one from Bangor were called to the scene, near Rhiw, with the fire destroying 10,000sq metres of gorse. The cause of this fire is currently unknown.
Less than an hour after the first call, the fire service were alerted to another fire in the open, this time in Llithfaen, Gwynedd, which was the result of a controlled burn which got out of control, destroying 1,000sq metres of land.
The fires came as the Met Office announced that some areas in North Wales would reach higher temperatures than Athens in Greece over the weekend. Temperatures reached between 11C-15C across the region.
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“There was damage to the front of the property and partial damage to the vehicles. Parts of the window and front door had melted.
“It is believe the fire spread from a hedge after it was deliberately set on fire.”
Crews were also called to tackle a huge blaze at a house in Waunfawr, Gwynedd, on Sunday morning. People were evacuated from their homes as the flames took hold of three separate semi-detached properties.