London Fire Brigade issues URGENT plea amid fears of more MORE blazes across parched city – Express.co.uk
London news: Firefighters fear conditions across the capital could spark more blazes in grassland (Image: PA/TWITTER/SCOTT BATEMAN)
The fire service has been called to four large grass fires already this weekend, just days after 220 firefighters were scrambled to tackle the city’s biggest ever such fire.
And as London continues to bake under sweltering temperatures, its parched grassland and parks provide the perfect fuel for flames.
Today the fire brigade took the rare step of pleading with the public for their help as the hot and dry weather looks set to continue.
The force’s official Twitter account said: “Following last Sunday’s massive grass fire at #WansteadFlats we’re asking people not to drop cigarettes or matches on dry grass & to be sensible with BBQs.
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“Glass bottles can magnify the sun’s rays and start fires too.
“PLEASE, HELP US OUT HERE PEOPLE!”
The urgent plea comes after a large blaze broke out near Heathrow this afternoon.
Eight fire engines responded as a huge plume of smoke could be seen from the airport.
London Fire Brigade urged residents to be vigilant (Image: TWITTER)
The fire at Wanstead Flats required 220 firefighters to extinguish (Image: PA)
Meanwhile, a separate blaze in Bedfont ravaged heathland covering an area of six football pitches.
These fires came just six days after a wildfire broke out in Wanstead and required 220 firefighters from stations across London to extinguish.
Following the Wanstead blaze – which was so extensive it can be classed as a wildfire – London Fire Commissioner, Dany Cotton, said: “This weekend we dealt with the largest grass fire in our history, as well as a range of other serious fires on grassland.
Fire chiefs are concerned discarded cigarettes and matches could cause more blazes in London’s parks (Image: PA)
“The ground is extremely dry at the moment and grassland and parks will act like a tinderbox when exposed to even the smallest of sparks.
“I never thought I’d say this but we are praying for rain.
“Grass fires spread like lightening so if you see dry grass smouldering, please call 999 and report it immediately so that firefighters can deal with it and stop it from spreading.”