Hot weather latest as firefighters tackle big fires in London and Cornwall; yellow thunderstorm warnings issued for next week; and bomb suspected to date from the Second World War found on scorched heathland in Dorset.
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Kent Fire and Rescue Service say that their firefighting operations at the crop fire on Oxenturn Road in Wye, Ashford, have been completed.
“Fire crews will revisit the area in the early hours of Sunday to ensure it remains safe.
“No casualties were reported, and the cause has not yet been confirmed,” the service said.
West Midlands Fire Service praised its team and firefighters for their “continuing efforts in dealing with a significantly higher than normal call volume” during this heatwave.
The service said it had responded to more than 250 incidents since yesterday evening.
Pictures sent to Sky News show the aftermath of a blaze at Rammey Marsh in Enfield, north London.
The earth is scorched and smouldering as the sun begins to set on another very busy day for the country’s fire and rescue services.
The Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service has said that in the first 10 days of August, it has attended 180 wildfires.
In the same period last year it was 34.
Ninety firefighters and ten fire engines – including some called in from neighbouring areas – were sent to a fire in Studland on Friday.
The service said it found “evidence of a little camp where someone had used a disposable barbecue”.
“We can’t say 100% that was the cause but when we find evidence we have to assume that’s the most likely cause,” a spokeswoman added.
“Fires don’t just start on their own.”
Firefighters worked through the night to bring the flames under control.
Dorset Police said on Saturday afternoon that an unexploded piece of ammunition believed to date from the Second World War had been found on the scorched heathland.
A bomb disposal unit would be attending, the force added, with the public warned to expect a loud bang.
London Fire Brigade says ten fire engines and around 70 firefighters who were tackling a grass fire on Rammey Marsh in Enfield, just south of the very north of the M25, now have the blaze under control.
A fire near Mansfield in Nottinghamshire has damaged homes and vehicles and forced some houses to be evacuated.
Kent Fire and Rescue service says 10 fire engines are at the scene of the fire on Dartford Heath.
“Crews are working hard to contain the fire. No casualties have been reported,” the service said.
“People living or working in the area are being advised to keep windows and doors closed as a precaution due to smoke.”
Video captured by Tom Acres, chief sub editor at Sky News, shows smoke pouring over the road from a fire on Dartford Heath.
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