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Fire service feels the pressure as grass fires continue to rage in SouthWales.

FIREFIGHTERS battled a further 10 grass fires in South Wales yesterday after a devastating three weeks of blazes.

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service have attended 514 grass fires since the start of April, of which 486 were deliberately started.

Three of the grass fires reported yesterday were in Rhondda Cynon Taff - one of the worst-affected areas for grass fires, with 184 fires being reported since the start of this month.

Crews were also called out to three grass fires in Caerphilly, an area which has seen 68 grass fires in April.

Two grass fires were also reported in Merthyr and one in Bridgend and the Vale of Glamorgan area.

Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Andrew Morgan said: "Deliberately-lit grass fires are placing our communities and firemen and women at serious risk.

"I cannot condemn strongly enough the actions of the few who are deliberately setting these fires - the simple fact is their thoughtless actions are putting lives at risk.

"The level of resources South Wales Fire are having to dedicate to tackle deliberately-lit grass fires is putting pressure on the resources available to deal with any accidental fires which may occur."

Bridgend has seen 52 grass fires since the start of this month. There have also been 40 in Merthyr, 67 in Blaenau Gwent, 24 in Newport and 23 in Torfaen. On Wednesday, a fire which spread to 1,000 tyres in Ynyshir could be seen from as far as Cardiff Bay.

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