Chair of the Wales Strategic Arson Reduction Board, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service Deputy Chief Fire Officer Mick Crennell said: "Following the unacceptable increase in deliberately-set grass fires
across Wales in 2015, the Wales Strategic Arson Reduction Board developed a new strategy that refocused efforts in the area and broadened the responsibility for arson reduction activity in Wales to a range of multiagency partners.
A grass fire
rages near homes in Ferndale, Rhondda, yesterday
The number of grass fires
have soared during the heatwave - up to 21 a day from five in the same period last year.
In April 2009 a staggering 249 grass fires
were recorded across the county.
The latest in a series of deliberate grass fires
across the South Wales Valleys this spring hit Pontygwaith, near Ferndale, on Wednesday.
A Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue spokeswoman said yesterday: "Firefighters have been battling a large grass fire
on Dinas Baglan Mountain since 6pm last night.
Around the same time a Treharris crew attended a deliberately-set grass fire
on the Taff Trail near Edwardsville railway station.
It is the latest in a series of grass fires
as the weather warms up.
If a fir f e appliance has to attend a deliberate grass fire
it may delay it responding to another emergency.
ACT Policing, ACT Fire & Rescue and ACT Rural Fire Service have joined forces to warn the community about the danger of deliberately lighting fires this summer, following a suspicious grass fire
in Gungahlin this week.
Crews from Blaenau Ffestiniog and Betws-y-Coed were earlier called to a grass fire
CHELSEA fans were among passengers delayed when trains were halted because of a grass fire