Wales

Glyndyfrdwy mountain fire: Man rescued from tractor

The fire at Glyndyfrdwy
Image caption Fire crews went up the mountainside in Glyndyfrdwy to rescue the man

A man has been rescued from a tractor on a mountain after getting trapped by a large grass fire.

Firefighters were tackling a gorse fire at Glyndyfrdwy, Denbighshire, when they spotted the man inside the vehicle.

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service was called to the blaze, near Llangollen, just before 16:00 GMT on Tuesday.

The man was taken to hospital, but the extent of his injuries are not yet known. An air ambulance was sent to the scene, but was not needed.

Firefighters cleared a path so the man could be rescued and crews were still on the mountainside late into the night.

People in the area were advised to keep their doors and windows closed while the fire was still burning.

Tom Bentley, who lives nearby, said he initially thought a farmer was carrying out a controlled burn until he saw two helicopters and the emergency services.

He added: "I've lived in this area 20-odd years and I've never noticed fires this early in the year."

Image caption The fire came after the record for the hottest winter day on record was broken twice in two days

Meanwhile, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service crews spent three hours fighting a large grass fire in Cwmbach, Rhondda Cynon Taff on Tuesday.

Four appliances were sent to the scene, behind Cwmbach Community Primary School, at about 16:45 and the blaze was out by about 19:45.

The fire came just hours after the fire service announced it was carrying out "prevention work" in the area.

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Image caption The fire broke out behind Cwmbach Community Primary School
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Image caption The fire in Cwmbach burned for about three hours

Firefighters also tackled mountain fires at Amlwch on Anglesey, Llechwedd in Gwynedd and Llanefydd in Conwy.

As well as the Cwmbach blaze, the fire service also sent four crews to tackle a blaze at nearby Aberdare.