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Gorse mountain fire flares again
Mountain fire
Plumes of smoke rise high above Coedwig Llangwyfan
Firefighters were called back for a fifth day to tackle a large gorse fire on a mountain in Denbighshire.

North Wales Fire Service thought they had put out flames across 10,000 sq m at Coedwig Llangwyfan, either side of Offa's Dyke Pass, on Friday.

But crews had to return throughout the weekend and again on Monday.

The fire seemed to have died out by Tuesday, but crews were scrambled on Wednesday after the blaze flared up again, fuelled by high winds.

Crews from Ruthin, Llangollen, Blaenau Ffestiniog and Denbigh were called to the scene throughout Wednesday, after a member of the public reported the fire at 0843 BST.

A spokesman for North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said the blaze had a number of hotspots, and they were working with the Forestry Commission to try to dampen them.

Since its outbreak on Friday, firefighters had used hose reel jets and water shuttled by appliances to the scene to get the blaze under control.

But the flames later spread on Saturday to the outskirts of a forestry area, reaching the surrounding woodland.

Also on Wednesday, crews from Bangor, Llanfairfechan, Conwy, Llanrwst and Pwllheli were tackling a gorse fire affecting around 3,500 sq m of land at Carreg Fawr, Llanfairfechan - which was burning for a second day.

Other crews were tackling a gorse fire affecting 1,000 sq m at Hafan y Môr, Pwllheli, also burning for a second day.




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