'Don't drive over our hose': Wanstead Flats firefighters' message to careless motorists
PUBLISHED: 17:34 17 July 2018 | UPDATED: 17:34 17 July 2018
Firefighters are asking motorists to avoid parking their cars on top of their hose as they work to dampen down a major fire in Wanstead Flats.
London Fire Brigade (LFB) received more than 100 calls about the grass fire in Wanstead Flats which is believed to have started around 4pm on Sunday, July 15.
Last night LFB Tweeted: “Can we please remind motorists not to park on or drive over our hose at the #WansteadFlats grass fire.
“Firefighters are working hard at the scene & those efforts are hampered if our hoses are compromised.”
At the height of the blaze more than 100 hectares of grass was alight in what has been named the biggest grass fire in London’s history.
This is roughly the same size as 100 football pitches.
Smoke drifted across busy roads, which was visible for miles, causing local road closures.
More than 225 firefighters were called to the scene and 40 fire engines attended from stations across east London.
Today (July 17), around 70 firefighters and ten fires engines remain at the scene damping down the grasslands.
The cause of the fire is not yet known.