Corwen Newsletter September 2018

The sun has really been beaming down on the
Dee Valley over the last month or so producing
the hottest and driest spell since 1976. Although
this has been very encouraging for visitors and
businesses supplying refreshments it has
nonetheless carried in its wake one of the most
severe fires seen in the Valley for many years.
Over a period of about four weeks local fire and
rescue services have had to deal with a massive
fire which started “little” on the south facing
slope of Llantysilio Mountain before sweeping
north to the Horseshoe Pass and then towards
the Ponderosa Cafe on top of the pass.
Firefighters were brought in from a number of
surrounding fire brigades to help support the
mainly “retained” men and women of rural
North Wales. Thankfully the fire was brought
under control and subsided in the light of cooler
temperatures and heaven sent rain. During
some of this period steam train services on the
Llangollen Railway were suspended in favour
of either diesel haulage or DMUs. The fire
service could not spare resources to deal with
potential lineside fires as well as the fire on the
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