Fires have broken out across the nation amid tinder-dry conditions and unprecedented heat.
Official droughts have been declared in eight areas of southern and central England, and several grasslands have caught alight in these zones and beyond following the driest summer in half a century.
Five fire engines and about 35 firefighters have been tackling a two-hectare grass fire on Whipps Cross Road in Leytonstone, Waltham Forest.
London Fire Brigade (LFB) crews have been captured beating back the flames at the scene of the blaze at the Leyton Flats wildlife reserve in east London.
The service has also warned of a blaze in Merton, in the south east of the capital, where four engines and about 25 firefighters have been deployed.
Meanwhile, more than 100 miles north in Derbyshire, emergency services have warned they are currently tackling three “significant” infernos.
Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service has warned of a railway embankment blaze at Matlock, an open fire in Creswell, Worksop, and another embankment blaze near Junction 26 of the M1.
Footage shared online showed fire filling the horizon at the Creswell blaze, with large plumes of smoke in the sky.
Oli Mousley, 19, a law student who lives in the village, said there was also “ash floating around” in the residential area nearby and a “strong smell of burning”.
South west of London, fire crews worked overnight to tackle a blaze involving 800 tonnes of straw which had destroyed a farmer’s field in Overton, near Basingstoke.
Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service also said a woodland area caught alight in Beaulieu, in the New Forest National Park, caused by a campfire or barbecue.
🔥 Overnight crews were tackling this blaze involving 800-tonnes of straw in Overton.
🚒 Our teams have been busy with a number of outdoor fires in recent days.
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— Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire & Rescue Service (@HantsIOW_fire) August 12, 2022
An LFB spokesperson has warned that with more high temperatures on the way, people must take care to dispose of rubbish, particularly glass.
They said: “There are still high temperatures forecast, especially for the coming days, and the ground remains dry.
“We’re urging people to take extra care and help us prevent fires on open land this summer.
“Make sure rubbish, especially glass, is safely thrown away and cigarettes are always properly disposed of.
“Grass will be tinder dry after periods of hot weather, so please don’t have barbecues in parks and public spaces.”