Wanstead Flats Blaze: Huge Grassland Fire In East London Tackled By More 200 Firefighters

More than 225 firefighters are tackling a large grass fire in east London, which has led to huge plumes of smoke being seen across the capital.

London Fire Brigade sent 40 fire engines to the blaze, on Wanstead Flats near Stratford, just after 4pm after receiving more than 110 calls.

Police warned people to avoid the area in Epping Forest due to “very heavy smoke” coming from the “tinder-dry” grasslands.

The fire service said there was no immediate risk to life or property from the blaze despite around 100 hectares of grass – or one square kilometre – being alight.

Images posted on social media show big orange flames and thick plumes of grey smoke that were visible for miles around.

London Fire Brigade’s group manager Rob Davies, who is at the scene, said: “Keep windows and…

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