Cligwyn gorse fire ‘may be deliberate’

Fire chiefs say it’s possible that a major gorse fire near Carmel may have been started deliberately.

Crews are still at Mynydd Cligwyn dampening down the fire, which was a mile-long at its height after it broke out at just before 6pm on Monday evening (2nd July).

Fifteen properties were evacuated and four people were forced to stay overnight at a temporary rest centre in the village hall.

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service say the investigation into the blaze is continuing.

Elsewhere around the region, crews returned to Bangor Mountain in the early hours of Wednesday morning to extinguish a fire which had reignited.

And police are still looking for a gang of five teenagers reportedly seen trying to restart the forest fire at Braichmelyn, near Bethesda at around 8.30pm on Tuesday night (3rd July).

A crew from Colwyn Bay remained in the village overnight to keep watch on the area. More than 50 firefighters were tackling the fire for several hours – it’s believed it may have been started initially by a discarded campfire.

On Anglesey, the county council has asked the public to take extra care and avoid accidental fires by warning against lighting BBQs or fire at any of the island’s countryside sites, including Newborough Forest, where at least three fires have been reported in the last few days.

The council have also appealed for cigarettes to be properly extinguished and disposed.

Anyone with information about deliberate fires or any suspicious activity should contact North Wales Police on 101.

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