Fire crews tend to grass fire near popular Pembrokeshire beach

By Paul Evans   |   Content editor   |
Sunday 17th July 2022 1:38 pm
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Fire crews have been dealing with a large-scale fire overlooking Newgale beach this afternoon.

Reports suggest that the fire service has the blaze under control, after the arrival of a tanker of water from Haverfordwest, but the smell of smoke is lingering across the beach.

A spokesperson for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: “We were called at 12.10pm to a large grass fire near the car park at Newgale Beach in Pembrokeshire. Three appliances are at the scene, from St Davids, Haverfordwest and Milford Haven, with the coastguard also in attendance.

“Crews are using beaters and liaising with the coastguard, and a water bowser has also been requested from Milford Haven.

“We have had numerous calls from members of the public and it’s anticipated that fire crews will remain at the scene for some time.”

Earlier in the week, firefighters were able to bring a grass fire under control on Tuesday that had broken out on the cliffs above Monkstone Beach, just off Tenby.

Fire crews from Tenby and Milford Haven were deployed to the incident, with approximately 10 hectares of gorse and undergrowth on fire.

Station Manager Neil Evans, Deputy Head of Community Safety for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service issued the following warning at the time: “We are currently experiencing hot and dry weather conditions and the forecast for the coming weekend and next week predicts that it will get even hotter.

“I, therefore, urge people to be extra careful and be aware of the heightened risk of grass fires.

“If you are planning a barbeque, you must ensure that the barbecue is placed on a flat, non-combustible service, and well away from a shed, trees or shrubs.

“If you are planning to burn rubbish, please reconsider this. Think, can you take it to a local authority waste disposal site instead?

“It is illegal to burn grass at this time of year and if you come across somebody burning grassland you can report them, anonymously, to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org

“If it is an emergency, you must always call 999.

“Let’s all enjoy this glorious weather responsibly and safely. By following the above advice you will reduce the risk of fire and reduce the impact on our fire crews, our communities and the environment.”

Further information about how to enjoy the outdoors safely by visiting https://www.mawwfire.gov.uk/eng/your-safety/your-garden-and-outdoors/

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