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Advice for controlled burning issued by North Wales Fire and Rescue Service

THE controlled burning season started on Saturday– and fire crews say they have already been called to four fires which got out of hand.

On Tuesday just before 8pm crews were called to a field in Chester Road, Oakenholt, where a fire had ignited dry leaves and set light to a tree and a shed.

At about 2.45pm that day controlled burning in Gywsaney, Rhosesmor, got out of control and crews had to use two hose reels to put out the blaze.

Firefighters were also called to Chester Road in Mold on Monday at about 5.30pm where they used one hose reel to put out a fire involving building materials which had been left unattended.

At 4pm on the same day North Wales Fire and Rescue Service was called to Ffordd Pentre in Nercwys where controlled burning had spread to a hedge.

As part of a campaign to tackle this type of fire, the fire service is visiting livestock markets across the region, including Mold, to advise landowners of basic safety procedures for controlled burning– which is only allowed in upland areas between October 1 and March 31 and between November 1 and March 15 elsewhere.

Gareth Griffiths, senior fire safety manager, said: “We are urging all landowners undertaking controlled burning to notify us by calling our control room on 01745 535805.”