The Wales Wildfire Board is encouraging everyone to be Wildfire Wise this summer.  

During this time of year, grass and mountains can become very dry, which means if you deliberately or accidentally start a fire outdoors it can spread very quickly, destroying everything in its path.   

In 2023 fire services across Wales attended 1,880 grassfire incidents. The Wales Wildfire Board wants to work with communities to build a healthier and more resilient countryside and to develop a more biodiverse countryside for the future.  

Many wildfires are preventable and there are some simple steps and changes to behaviour that can limit their number and impact. The #wildfirewise campaign aims to educate individuals on the best practices for avoiding and preventing wildfires in Wales.   

By raising awareness about the potential dangers of wildfires, the campaign will encourage people to be more vigilant when out enjoying the countryside and proactive in reporting suspicious activities that can lead to fires.

Iwan Cray, Chair of the Wales Wildfire Board and Deputy Chief Fire Officer of Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said:  

“While accidents can happen, there are others within our communities who are deliberately setting fire to our countryside – not only is this a crime, for which they will be prosecuted, but it also places unnecessary pressure on front line services and puts our communities in harm’s way. I would encourage anyone with information relating to such crimes to call 101, or to report anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111”.  

Andrew Wright, Wales Wildfire Board Deputy Chair and Natural Resources Wales Senior Specialist Advisor said: 

“The Burn date deadline of March 31, 2024 is there for a reason and that is to protect and safeguard our natural environment. 

“I would urge the farming community to respect this requirement and do their part in keeping our communities safe.”

“We understand that controlled burns can have a positive effect on the environment, creating biodiversity and a sustainable ecosystem and we are available for free advice on how to do this safely.”  

Visit to access some simple #WildfireWise safety tips.