Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service attend over 2500 grass or wildfires a year. A wildfire is an uncontrolled area of vegetation which becomes alight. The terrain or geography of these Wildfires can vary in our service area and ranges from common land, mountain areas, forest and woodland and coastal cliff areas.
A wildfire can be categorised into two groups:
Category One – A fire which can be extinguished within 2 hours and not require anymore than the use of two service vehicles.
Category Two – A fire which requires more than two service vehicles or takes more than two hours to extinguish.
Over 80% of our wildfires are category one incidents. We are able to bring these under control quickly and effectively.
Category two incidents can be difficult and protracted. A category two incident requires fire control to mobilise a specialist Wildfire Officer. This officer will have the knowledge and expertise to request extra specialist equipment and vehicles like Helicopters, or 4x4 off road vehicles which can assist in extinguishing the fire safely and effectively.