Firefighters are warning sun lovers to stay vigilant after recent cornfield, grass and crop fires across Kent have been linked to the severe heatwave gripping the nation.

On Monday evening, Crews from Kent Fire and Rescue Services were dispatched to tackle a large blaze at Swanley Quarry after a large number of trees and bushes caught alight.

The chaos later spread to other fields across Dartford as brigades have attended two other field fires throughout the week.

The warning comes as more than 100 valiant firefighters were called to tackle a major undergrowth fire on the Lydd Ranges on Tuesday afternoon, which investigators are now saying may have been caused due to the high temperatures the country has faced this week.

Leanne McMahon, Group Manager for Community Safety at KFRS said: "With extremely high temperatures predicted for this week, we would like to remind everyone in the community to take extra precautions in order to keep safe and help us prevent further fires that can often occur during a heatwave. For those who smoke, remember it only takes one cigarette to start a wildfire – so please ensure you always fully extinguish smoking materials before safely disposing of them. We also advise you to not have campfires in the countryside and to take any litter or rubbish with you, as reflective cans and glass can easily start a grassfire in the sun.”

"If you do discover a fire, move to a safe place and call the fire service on 999 immediately, providing as much detail as you can, including the size of fire, the exact location (including road or property name) and terrain.

"Never attempt to tackle the fire yourself, as fires can be extremely unpredictable and spread incredibly fast in this heat."

KFRS is also urging the public to take extra care when using barbecues, fire pits, braziers and chimineas, and to ensure health and wellbeing is a priority in the hot, dry weather.

"I’s only natural to also want to be outside, enjoying a barbecue with friends, but it’s so important to take real care and manage them carefully.

"Kep them away from trees, buildings, sheds and shrubs, and always keep a large bucket of water on-hand in case of an emergency.

"Use only recognised fire-lighters or starter fuel for barbecues, braziers, fire pits or chimeneas, and never leave them unattended.

"Once you’ve finished with it – ensure it has completely cooled and never put the ashes straight into a dustbin or wheelie bin, since this could easily start a fire."

"If you are worried about an older person in the heat, have young children or are pregnant, then let us keep you safe with a free Safe and Well home visit.

"If you would like to refer someone for a visit, please get in touch here or call our team on 0800 923 7000."