Firefighters were called to a grass fire on Corndon Hill near Churchstoke on Thursday afternoon.

Crews from Montgomery and Bishop's Castle responded at about 3.30pm after a fire was spotted on the Powys-Shropshire border hill.

The farmer was given advice after it turned out to be a controlled gorse fire, tweeted Montgomery Fire Station.

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service are urging farmers not to carry out controlled burning this year.

The fire service said: "Whilst we understand that we are in the burn period, we would urge farmers and landowners to avoid carrying out controlled burning this year to help us reduce demand and stay safe."

It follows the launch of Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service's campaign to reduce deliberate fires.

With the dry and warm weather over the weekend and predicted for the forthcoming weeks, fire services across Wales are urging members of the public to act responsibly.

This year to date the Welsh fire and rescue services have attended 67 grass fires.

Mydrian Harries, Corporate Head of Prevention and Protection for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, said: "While we all work together to support our communities during the COVID 19 epidemic by remaining at home, there is no place for deliberate fires in our society especially during the current situation.

"Deliberate grass fires reduce air quality as well as stretch valuable emergency services away from life saving incidents, so we appeal to everyone to help us to help them at this difficult time."

Fire and rescue services in Wales have attended 3,230 grass fire incidents over the last five years, which cost the Welsh economy millions of pounds every year, many of which are started deliberately.