30.8.2016 Fire at Tottenham grassland 'size of three football pitches'


Around three hectares of scrubland were alight on Tottenham Marshes in Lee Valley Park on Tuesday evening 30.8.16

More than 60 fire fighters brought the flames under control in two hours using grass beaters and water backpacks.

London Fire Brigade said grass fires could travel quickly and change direction. The fire brigade have also warned people against attempting to put them out.

Station manager Gary Thompson, who was at the scene, said: "Grass fires cause a great deal of damage to open spaces, property and wildlife but the public can help us to stop them from starting by making sure that their cigarettes and barbecues are extinguished properly and that glass bottles, which can concentrate the sun's rays onto dry grass, are disposed of carefully."

Six fire engines rushed to a grass fire in Woodford Green as temperatures in the capital soared above 25 degrees.

Two hectares of grass and scrubland was alight off Meadgate Avenue.  Fire fighters from Woodford, Hainault, Ilford, Leytonstone and Walthamstow fire stations were at the scene.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown.

Story collated by Liz Turnbull.

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