Wildfire Burns Near London During Record UK Heat

Amid record high temperatures, a grass fire burned in Dartford, Kent, southeast of London, on Tuesday, July 19.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service reported a grass fire started in Dartford midday on Tuesday. The fire department advised those in the area to keep windows and doors closed to avoid the smoke as they worked to contain the fire.

Monday, the Kent Fire and Rescue Service cautioned residents that due to the heat, “fires could develop and spread rapidly and with greater severity.”

Temperatures in the United Kingdom reached a record high of more than 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) according to the Met Office.

This video posted by @alfsvision shows smoke filling the air in Dartford on Tuesday. Credit: @alfsvision via Storyful

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