Last updated: 07/04/2020, 12:41 PM

Shrubland and woodland alight - Orpington

06/04/2020 13:57
Outdoor fire

Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters were called to a grass fire on Sheepcote Lane in Orpington.

An area of shrubland and woodland approximately 60,000 sqm was alight. There were no reports of any injuries.

Firefighters’ top tips on grass fires:

If you see a grass fire, don't attempt to put it out yourself as grass fires can travel very quickly and change direction without warning. Call the fire Brigade and let us know where the fire is.


• The most common causes of grass fires are discarded cigarettes, which if thrown from a car window can ignite dry grass verges
• Another common way that these fires start is from glass bottles which can concentrate the suns rays onto dry grass and shrubbery


• Never leave camp fires or barbeques 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 1357 and the fire was under control by 1615. Fire crews from Orpington and Biggin Hill fire stations attended the scene.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Brigade and the Metropolitan Police Service.

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