‘Shut your doors’ 60 firefighters tackle raging grass fire in London – thick smoke

A large fire also broke out in a field in Swanley, Kent, near the M25 on Thursday. Firefighters from Kent Fire and Rescue Service fought the flames said to have covered 12 acres.

LFB has previously identified burning cigarettes and barbecues as “the worst offenders” for starting grass fires.

The blaze at Woolwich Common comes less than three weeks after the LFB declared a major incident as firefighters battled fires across the capital during July’s record-breaking heatwave.

On July 19 alone firefighters were dealing with a number of fires across London, including 30 in Upminster, Wennington, Pinner, Southgate, Croydon, Dagenham, Wembley, Hendon and Eltham.

The LFB called for a total ban on disposable barbecues last week in the wake of one if its busiest periods in history.

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