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Crews from two fire services battle blaze at important wildlife site

Illegal blaze in Ceredigion causes destruction to wildlife and environment

The fire broke out at the Artists Valley/Cwm Einion near Furnace in Ceredigion on Sunday afternoon.

Fire Crews from both Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service and North Wales Fire and Rescue Service are still tackling the blaze on the site, which is nationally important for wildlife.

Its thought to have been started deliberately.

Already, substantial damage has been caused to a part of the Natural Resources Wales managed Welsh Government Woodland Estate.

Dyfed Powys Police have launched an investigation and are appealing for any information.

Sgt Marc Davies, who is working with the Arson Reduction Team  said:

“Not only do these fires pose a significant risk to the safety of our communities but we are seeing here the destruction of a nationally important wildlife site of Special Scientific Interest.

“These illegal fires are entirely avoidable and its tragic to see the destruction and harm caused to the wildlife and the environment.

“If you have any information that can help us identify those persons responsible for this fire please contact us.”

Dyfed-Powys Police can be contacted either online, by email at: contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, or by calling 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. You can also give information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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