Last updated: 27/07/2018, 2:31 PM

Grass fire - Plumstead

27/07/2018 11:55
Outdoor fire

Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters were called to a grass fire on Winn's Common in Plumstead.

Around two hectares of grass, trees and scrubland were damaged by fire - the equivalent to two rugby pitches.

A Brigade spokesperson said: “During the hot weather we are attending a large number of grass fires across London. We’re asking the public to take care not to drop cigarettes or matches on dry grass and to keep a very close eye on barbecues. Dropped glass can also start fires as the sun can magnify the sun’s rays. Grass fires can quickly spread and cause serious damage, so if you see grass smouldering, please call 999 immediately.”

The Brigade’s tips on preventing grass fires are as follows:

• Never leave camp fires or barbecues unattended and extinguish them properly after you have finished using them
• Clear away bottles, glasses and any broken glass to avoid them magnifying the sun and starting a fire
• Dispose of smoking materials such as cigarettes safely
• Explain to children the dangers of playing with and lighting fires

The Brigade was called at 11.55 and was under control 1351. Fire crews from East Greenwich, Plumstead, Erith and Eltham fire stations were at the scene.


Grass fire - Plumstead