Tinderbox UK: Firefighters battle wildfire as heatwave continues

Firefighters were called on Thursday to battle a dramatic overnight blaze that ripped through a field near Leeds as the UK baked into the driest July on record.

Drone footage captured firefighters in eerily red fields as blue fire engine sirens flashed through the night and flames pushed parallel lines between corn.

A number of West Yorkshire fire services and more than 40 fire crews attended the burning maize field on Spital Gap Lane in Pontefract at around 9.30pm and battled it well into the night.

The fire was brought under control by Friday morning and no loss of life or property was reported.

After already breaking the all-time heat record for Britain in July, when the mercury reached 40 degrees on July 19, the heatwave has dried up England’s fields and parks, allowing wildfires to spread. Ideal conditions have been created.

Firefighters Were Called On Thursday To Battle A Dramatic Overnight Blaze That Ripped Through A Field Near Leeds As Britain Baked Through Its Driest July On Record.

Firefighters were called on Thursday to battle a dramatic overnight blaze that ripped through a field near Leeds as Britain baked through its driest July on record.

A Number Of West Yorkshire Fire Services And More Than 40 Fire Crews Attended The Burning Maize Field On Spital Gap Lane In Pontefract At Around 9.30Pm And Battled It Well Into The Night.

A Number Of West Yorkshire Fire Services And More Than 40 Fire Crews Attended The Burning Maize Field On Spital Gap Lane In Pontefract At Around 9.30Pm And Battled It Well Into The Night.

A number of West Yorkshire fire services and more than 40 fire crews attended the burning maize field on Spital Gap Lane in Pontefract at around 9.30pm and battled it well into the night.

The Fire Was Brought Under Control By Friday Morning And No Loss Of Life Or Property Was Reported.

The Fire Was Brought Under Control By Friday Morning And No Loss Of Life Or Property Was Reported.

The fire was brought under control by Friday morning and no loss of life or property was reported.

After Already Breaking The All-Time Heat Record For Britain In July, When The Mercury Reached 40 Degrees On July 19, The Heatwave Has Dried Up England'S Fields And Parks, Allowing Wildfires To Spread. Ideal Conditions Have Been Created.

After Already Breaking The All-Time Heat Record For Britain In July, When The Mercury Reached 40 Degrees On July 19, The Heatwave Has Dried Up England'S Fields And Parks, Allowing Wildfires To Spread. Ideal Conditions Have Been Created.

After already breaking the all-time heat record for Britain in July, when the mercury reached 40 degrees on July 19, the heatwave has dried up England’s fields and parks, allowing wildfires to spread. Ideal conditions have been created.

At least 19 homes were destroyed in the Essex village of Wennington as fires raged through London and surrounding areas on the hottest day on record.

London Fire Brigade (LFB) said the day was its busiest since the Second World War, with crews attending 1,146 incidents.

Many blazes start as grass fires that spread through residential areas, driven by winds, extreme temperatures and bone-dry conditions.

So far this year there have been 442 forest fires in England and Wales alone, compared to just 247 in the whole of 2021.

The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC), with its strategic adviser, David Swallow, put this partly down to climate factors, telling the BBC that ‘services need to recognize the risk that They have to now’.

England And Wales Alone Have Seen 442 Wildfires So Far This Year, Compared To Just 247 In The Whole Of 2021.  Image: Dry Fields In Dorset

England And Wales Alone Have Seen 442 Wildfires So Far This Year, Compared To Just 247 In The Whole Of 2021.  Image: Dry Fields In Dorset

England and Wales alone have seen 442 wildfires so far this year, compared to just 247 in the whole of 2021. Image: Dry fields in Dorset

An Aerial View Of Dry Fields Around The Village Of Abbotsbury In Dorset Where Grass Has Been Scorched By Hot Sun And Lack Of Rain During Summer Drought Conditions.

An Aerial View Of Dry Fields Around The Village Of Abbotsbury In Dorset Where Grass Has Been Scorched By Hot Sun And Lack Of Rain During Summer Drought Conditions.

An aerial view of dry fields around the village of Abbotsbury in Dorset where grass has been scorched by hot sun and lack of rain during summer drought conditions.

‘If they don’t, they’re naive,’ he said. ‘There are a lot of civil services that think bushfires are low on the danger list. I understand the need to prioritize resources, but this needs to be reviewed.’

London Fire Brigade Chief Andy Rowe described last month’s blaze in the capital as ‘unprecedented’, adding: ‘I’ve seen things this week that I didn’t expect to see as a London firefighter. .’

South East and Central South England received an average of just 5.0mm of rain last month, while East Anglia received 5.4mm.

For both areas it was the lowest amount of rainfall in July since Met Office records began almost 200 years ago in 1836.

The conditions led to a second hosepipe ban affecting millions more households in Isle of Wight South East Water in Hampshire, Kent and Sussex and Welsh Water in Pembrokeshire as drought continues.

(Stock Image) Around 2.2 Million People In Kent And Sussex Will Be Affected By The Hosepipe Ban.

(Stock Image) Around 2.2 Million People In Kent And Sussex Will Be Affected By The Hosepipe Ban.

(stock image) Around 2.2 million people in Kent and Sussex will be affected by the hosepipe ban.

Holidaymakers And Families Pack The Beach As They Enjoy The Warm Sunshine At Weymouth In Dorset Yesterday.

Holidaymakers And Families Pack The Beach As They Enjoy The Warm Sunshine At Weymouth In Dorset Yesterday.

Holidaymakers and families pack the beach as they enjoy the warm sunshine at Weymouth in Dorset yesterday.

Crowds Of People Swim In The Sea At Woollacombe In North Devon Yesterday Ahead Of Another Heatwave On The Way Next Week.

Crowds Of People Swim In The Sea At Woollacombe In North Devon Yesterday Ahead Of Another Heatwave On The Way Next Week.

Crowds of people swim in the sea at Woollacombe in North Devon yesterday ahead of another heatwave on the way next week.

Southern Water has launched a ‘temporary use ban’ yesterday – a week before South East Water’s restrictions start for Kent and Sussex, which covers 2.2 million people. 85,000 people from the Isle of Man have been banned since last Friday.

Now, Welsh Water has also announced restrictions for 200,000 customers in Pembrokeshire and a small part of Carmarthenshire from August 19 – the firm has blamed the driest conditions since the 1976 drought.

And Britons are bracing for another heatwave next week with temperatures set to soar to 100F (38C) for the second time in less than a month – as the mercury hits 27C (81F), a A warm weekend is also on the way.

The Met Office said it expected temperatures to reach the ‘low or mid-30s C (mid-90Fs)’ by the end of next week, as high pressure builds from the Atlantic to the south and south-west of England. Thanks to the area of

The Met Office confirmed that the mercury is unlikely to reach the heights seen in July next week and so records are not expected to be broken again – but there could still be several days of very high temperatures.

Meanwhile, a huge wildfire has broken out in Truro this afternoon. A local man was shown slowly weeding the grass around his home as the fire spread nearby.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service confirmed it had received 22 calls since 11.18am this morning. At least four fire crews have been sent to the Boscawen Park area of ​​Toro.

A nearby resident confirmed police and four fire engines at the scene. A fire engine from Truro was immediately dispatched to the scene and firefighters requested further assistance.

A spokesman for Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said: ‘Critical Control received a 999 call at 11:18 reporting a bushfire in the Boscawen Park, Truro area.

‘An apparatus was immediately mobilized from Truro. Crews at the scene have requested assistance from two more appliances and an officer, who are en route to the incident from Tolvaden. A total of 22 calls of this incident have been received at present.

At 12.40pm, a spokesman added: ‘Crews have requested a fourth appliance to be brought to the scene. An apparatus has been mobilized from St Austell and is en route.’

Cornwall Live reporter Olivier Vergnault said: ‘It’s huge. I’ve been told to get out.’ He added: ‘The wind is pushing the fire towards a residential area as it appears to have started near Sunny Corner.

The flames are now six feet high. And you can hear the tall grass rustling as it burns in the light and heat. Huge pine trees are licking up the flames as the fire pushes toward homes.’