A NUMBER of farmers and landowners undertaking controlled burning has sparked an increase of calls to the fire service.

North Wales Fire and Rescue service are urging those - who are undertaking controlled burning - to warn them in advance.

The fire service were called on Tuesday, February 26 to a gorse fire in Llannefydd. Crews were sent from Abergele, Colwyn Bay and Denbigh.

This was across 5,000 sq metres.

A spokesperson from the fire and rescue service said: "This was controlled burning. We do need people to tell us if they are carrying out controlled burning."

The fire service tweeted on Wednesday, February 27: "We are aware of the #ControlledBurning fires in the #ConwyValley today.

"Please do not ring us about these incidents. Thanks for your assistance #Rowen #TalyBont #Talycafn #SychnantPass #Conwy."

On Tuesday, controlled burning took place in the open on Rhyd Y Foel Mountain.

One crew from Abergele attended and one officer attended.

Anyone conducting a controlled burn or burning any garden waste should call 01931 522 006