UPDATE: Fire brigade tackles grass fire the size of two football pitches in Sidcup
PUBLISHED: 17:37 30 March 2017 | UPDATED: 17:37 30 March 2017
It is one of the first grass fires to hit London this year
More than 20 firefighters tackled a large-scale grass fire in Ruxley Gravel Pit in Sidcup.
Two hectares of grass and shrubland were alight, equivalent to the size of two football pitches.
Earlier reports suggested the blaze was double the size and in Orpington.
London Fire Brigade was called just after 1.30 and crews from Orpington, Sidcup and Eltham are all on scene tackling the flames.
The fire was under control by 4.15pm.
A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “Today is one of the first warm days of the year and this is one of the first grass fires we have attended in 2017. These fires can cause a great deal of damage to open spaces and wildlife but the public can help by making sure that cigarettes and barbecues are extinguished properly, and that glass bottles are disposed of carefully.
“It’s also important that if you do notice a fire on open grassland that you don’t attempt to put it out yourself as they can travel very quickly and change direction without warning. Call the fire brigade and let us know where the fire is so we can get our crews on the scene as soon as possible to stop it from spreading any further.”