Second blaze put out in Wanstead Flats after 400 square metres of grassland catches fire
PUBLISHED: 09:40 19 July 2018 | UPDATED: 09:41 19 July 2018
Days after London's biggest grass fire tore through the grasslands of Wanstead Flats, firefighters sprung into action to prevent a second blaze from taking hold.
Firefighters were called back to Lake House Road, in Wanstead Flats, on Wednesday (July 18) to reports of a grass fire around 250 metres away from Sunday’s 100-hectare inferno.
There they found around 400 square metres of vegetation alight and used hoses and fire beaters to quickly surround the fire and put it out.
Station manager Rod Wainwright said: “We had to move very quickly to contain this fire as it had the potential to spread quite a distance.
“While the fire was very close to the site of Sunday’s fire, this was a separate blaze which just show susceptible the dry ground is to grass fires.
“I can’t stress how important it is for people to be very careful when they dispose of cigarettes and glass bottles.”
Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters from Stratford, Plaistow, Leyton, and Homerton fire stations attended the scene.
More than 100 hectares of grass was alight at the height of the fire which began on Sunday.
Roads closures in place as a result of the smoke, which was visible for miles, have now been removed.
More than 225 firefighters were called to the scene and 40 fire engines attended from stations across east London.
Firefighters continued to dampen down the earth over the past few days, with one fire engine still present as of yesterday, Wednesday.
“This weekend we dealt with the largest grass fire in our history, as well as a range of other serious fires on grassland,” said London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton, in a statement released on Monday.
“I never thought I’d say this but we are praying for rain.”
She added: “Grass fires spread like lightning so if you see dry grass smouldering, please call 999 and report it immediately.”
The London Fire Brigade are calling on the public to take the following steps to avoid future fires:
Do not drop cigarettes or matches on dry ground or out of car windows;
Do not have barbecues on dry grass or parks;
Do not leave glass bottles out as they can concentrate the sun’s rays and start a fire.