SERVICES remain in attendance at the scene of a large open fire at a peak on the Nantlle Ridge in Snowdonia, which they were first alerted to yesterday (March 23).

At 12.26am yesterday, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service was called to an incident at Mynydd Tal y Mignedd, concerning a fire "involving (a) large area of gorse and bracken”.

This morning, two officers, and crews from Caernarfon, Bangor, Porthmadog and Pwllheli remain at the scene.

In an appeal to residents to “think before they burn”, officer Jeff Hall said that the fire was “either a controlled burn or a deliberate ignition that has got out of control, which is taking massive resources from North Wales Fire and Rescue Service, (and) helicopter usage, also."

He added: “I implore the people of North Wales: think about any burns that you may be creating, and even if you believe they are controlled, you need a Controlled Burn Plan in place to ensure you can deal with it and it doesn’t get out of hand.”

You can watch the officer’s video message in full below (credit: North Wales Fire and Rescue Service):

Yesterday afternoon, the service also shared another video highlighting the extent of the fire.


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In a statement, the service added: “Smoke is affecting the areas of Y Fron, Rhosgadfan and Rhostryfan.

“Burning of heather, grass, bracken and gorse is permitted up until March 15 (or up to March 31 in upland areas), but you 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 £1,000.

“Deliberately setting fire to our countryside is not only a crime, for which you can be prosecuted, but it also places unnecessary pressure on front line services and puts our communities in harm’s way.

“Remember - if you 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.”