A stark warning has been issued following a grass fire in Erith as temperatures in London soar.

Fire crews were called to Bridge Road yesterday (June 26) at around 2.40pm to find an area of heathland was alight.

The area on fire measured to be approximately 500cm by 500cm according to the brigade.

No injuries were reported but a warning has been issued that it only takes a spark for an “unpredictable” grass fire to break out.

This warning comes as temperatures in London have reached 30 degrees this week.

A spokesperson for London Fire Brigade said: “It only takes a spark to ignite a fire and grass fires can be unpredictable and spread very quickly, causing significant amounts of damage.

“We’ve been working hard to prepare and respond to weather like this but we need everyone to play their part to reduce the risk of fires occurring.”

The blaze was under control by 3.38pm.

Two fire engines from Erith and Bexley fire stations attended the scene.

Grass fire prevention tips from London Fire Brigade

  • Don’t drop cigarettes or anything that is burning on dry ground.
  • Don’t drop cigarettes out of car windows - they may land on dry grass by the roadside.
  • Don’t have barbecues in parks and public spaces.
  • Do not barbecue on balconies, the wind may carry smouldering ash towards grassland.
  • Be aware that children, animals, balls or anything else may knock over barbecues, increasing the risk of grass fires, especially when in busy parks or public spaces.