South East Wales

Rhigos mountain fire tackled by helicopter in Cynon Valley

Firefighters have been using a helicopter to tackle a tree and grass fire on a south Wales mountain.

The helicopter dropped up to a tonne of water at a time on the 12 hectare (30 acre) blaze on Rhigos Mountain in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Up to nine South Wales Fire and Rescue crews have been tackling the incident near Hirwaun in the Cynon Valley.

The fire broke out in the Beili Glas forestry plantation on the Treherbert side of the mountain.

The alert came at around 09:00 BST on Wednesday.

Fire crews have been using a water bowser to shuttle water to the scene as well as an all-terrain Argocat vehicle.

Tim Pedrick, incident commander for South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, said: "We tend to use the helicopter only on the most significant incidents."

By 16:50 BST the fire service said it was scaling down at the scene and considered the incident to be "contained" although material was still smouldering.

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