Ogmore MP Chris Elmore is urging constituents to contact local police if they have any information on the deliberate grass fires that have been set across the South Wales region.
Fire crews had to attend nearly 70 grass fires set deliberately over the weekend across South Wales. Concerns are being raised about the impact on emergency services at a time when they are still under immense pressure dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
The majority of the fires required multiple fire engines, specialist wildlife vehicles, and a helicopter as well as police, Natural Resources Wales, and the local authority.
Chris Elmore MP said:
“It beggars belief that at a time of national crisis when so many people across Ogmore are pulling together and making sacrifices to support the emergency services, a small selfish minority are continually putting so many people at risk.
“Grass fires can spread far more quickly than many people realise, and they pose a great risk to members of our community, our local wildlife and environment, and people’s homes. Not only are resources being directed away from the coronavirus effort, but there could also be health consequences for those in the surrounding areas due to the thick smoke.
“If any one has any information on these fires, please contact the Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”