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This is what I can see from my front door tonight. It’s one of the mountains at the western tip of the Brecon Beacons National Park in Carmarthenshire.
The smell of burning is right through the house :(

Another photo – I was awake at 4.45 am and took this next photo. The mountain was still burning and it had spread, and looked like a few different fires now.

There is no fire there now this morning, so it must have burnt itself out.

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Wow,Hwyel.....how has that happened?...as long as you are safe.

26 Mar, 2020

 

Yes we're safe here thanks Meadowland. It's probably started by idiots. It happens most years :(

26 Mar, 2020

 

Fuelled by alcohol no doubt.They are still meeting up in groups in the countryside here and leaving empty cans and bottles.

26 Mar, 2020

 

I don't know why they do it. There's no road there so they have a few miles to walk. It's wanton destruction.

Some people are idiots still meeting in groups, I don't understand it … and there's plenty of litter around here too.

26 Mar, 2020

 

That's terrible, sorry to see . :(

26 Mar, 2020

 

Hard to fathom isn't it Hywel and you mentioned that it has happened before?

26 Mar, 2020

 

brainless idiots and at what cost to the economy let alone the wildlife.

glad you are safe though Hywel.

26 Mar, 2020

 

also getting people out in a time it's really not needed

26 Mar, 2020

 

9.40 pm … It has spread now and is right over the top of the mountain in a big arc. It probably goes down the other side too.
It happens most years.

26 Mar, 2020

 

That is scary. Locking these idiots up would probably not help but maybe making them work to remedy the destruction might just get through to them how mindlessly stupid they are. It will take a lot of hard work to revive these woodlands so they should be made to keep at it until they spend enough time there to find out what actually is precious about our rural areas.

26 Mar, 2020

 

I don't think they could catch them, they would have disappeared before the fire was discovered.

27 Mar, 2020

 

Somebody must know who they are.

27 Mar, 2020

 

It looked quite close to the houses , so am pleased you are ok Hywel. Take care, keep safe !

27 Mar, 2020

 

Someone probably knows Scotsgran , but they won't tell …

It's about 3 miles from the houses Rose, and there are fields and a river in between. There are other houses nearer to it though but the fire is on top of the mountain and the village is much lower down.

27 Mar, 2020

 

Sometimes these fires can be started by the sun's rays focusing through glass bottles or jars, so it might just no be vandals...

27 Mar, 2020

 

Sorry Hywel,pressed like by accident,glad you are ok,

27 Mar, 2020

 

The picture of the flames during the night reminds me of a very similar fire when we used to live in Spain - more than 30 years ago now (the fire, I mean) - it looked very much like in your picture! It lasted a couple of days & burnt down 1,000s of Pine trees over many acres. We saw the planes flying over to waterbomb the fire but we couldn't actually see where they dumped the water.

As the road to Madrid runs alongside much of the burnt area I was able to see it evolve over many years & just how trees grew again & other plants took the place of the burnt trees. As I haven't been back that way since my mother-in-law's death 3 years ago I haven't been able to see how it has progressed since then. I find it a fascinating experience! I've never before been able to see how nature repairs itself after a forest fire.

Glad you were a long way away from the fire, Hywel!

27 Mar, 2020

 

I'm glad the fire is out and nobody was adversely affected by it except for the smoke. Many fires here in the US are caused by lightening strikes. We'll often get the clouds but no actual rainfall - that's the worst. We have our share of idiots here too. Seems like whenever the fire index goes up, it inevitably happens.

27 Mar, 2020

 

Gosh, that looked close, Hywel! Very frightening for you and your neighbours. I hope it has subsided now?

28 Mar, 2020

 

I'm glad it wasn't nearer to you Hywel ,it takes years and years for these trees and shrubs to grow ... gone in a few minutes ..so sad :o( 😂 ...

28 Mar, 2020

 

Thank you all for reading my blog and your interesting comments.
There are no trees that high up the mountain, it is all grassland.
The fire had burnt itself out by the morning.

Don't worry about it Callie ...

28 Mar, 2020

 

I used to live a few miles away from a grouse moor which was all heather. This was intentionally burned off every year to encourage new shoots for the benefit of the young ones.
As far as I can remember it was always carefully kept under control. But your hills are grassland aren't they, so it can't be that.

28 Mar, 2020

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