A large fire has broken out over a beach in South West Wales, as the unprecedented UK heat wave has prompted warnings of a ‘very extreme danger’ of fires of forest.
Drone footage showed flames and smoke billowing from a hill above Newgale Beach in Pembrokeshire, where blazes broke out on Sunday and Monday.
Rou Chater, a 46-year-old surfer who captured the footage, was on the water when he spotted the blaze, which he described as “totally out of control” and “the biggest the area has seen in a time”.
By the end of the day, all of the land to a nearby campsite and surrounding a vacation home had burned down, he said.
Firefighters said on Monday a four-hectare area of scrubland was on fire, with crews from Haverfordwest, St Davids, Milford Haven, Narberth and Fishguard and Whitland all called for help.
“An area of approximately four hectares of scrubland is on fire and firefighters are proactively fighting the blaze using jets and hose reel beaters,” a Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said. of Mid and West Wales. Tenby Watcher.
A European forecaster warned there was ‘very extreme danger’ of fires on Tuesday in an area stretching from Lincolnshire to the Thames Estuary, while a slightly milder warning of ‘extreme danger’ is in force in most of the east of England.
The warning from the European Forest Fire Information System represents the highest risk level of the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts Fire Weather Index.
Across Pembrokeshire, the agency judged there was a “very low” to “moderate” fire danger on Tuesday.
British firefighters said on Monday they had witnessed 24 forest fires in 48 hours in England and Wales – double the number recorded during the whole month of July last year.
“Everything is just drier across the country,” said Paul Hedley, wildfire manager for the National Fire Chiefs Council. The Independent, urging the public to be “really careful” and not to have barbecues or campfires.
It comes as an extreme heat wave in the UK prompted the government to declare the first-ever national thermal emergency, with provisional temperatures recorded in recent days breaking all-time heat records in England and Wales, and Scotland should follow suit.
While England’s hottest day on record was 38.7C – measured three years ago – mercury rose above 40C in the UK for the first time in history on Tuesday, in London Heathrow, with the Met Office predicting temperatures could even reach 43C.