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Prepare for the Grass Fire Season

There have been at least 484 grass fires in Wales since the start of April, according to the latest figures.There were 100 in a day alone (April 15th). It’s safe to say that grass fire season has begun. Grass fires take up a lot of our firefighters time and budget, from Easter through to December. So far this year, dealing with grass fires has cost the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service £850,000. What’s worse is that grass fires have absolutely no benefits to the environment. They do not improve lawns or kill weed, though many believe otherwise. Grass fire

The causes

  • Spring is the worst time of year for grass fires
  • They’re common on dry, hot days
  • If it’s windy, the breeze will spread the fires
  • Sunlight shining through glass can start a fire
  • Lit cigarettes are a massive source of ignition
  • Arson is another
  • Many grass fires are started by children


Of all the grass fires dealt with in South East Wales, 90% of were started deliberately. Fire setting was shockingly still common during the two months when there was a lot of flooding, and the ground was wet and sodden.

What can you do?

  • Put out cigarettes and lit materials before exiting your vehicle
  • Never throw cigarette ends out of car windows
  • Report any fires that you see
  • Educate your children about the dangers of grass fires
  • Never leave camp fires or barbeques unattended
  • Extinguish any BBQ or camp fires properly after use
  • Don’t leave bottles or glass in woodlands

Stay safe yourself

  • Never attempt to tackle fires that can’t be put out with a bucket of water
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