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Multiple fires on Wanstead Flats during last month’s heatwave

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After several weeks without rain and with temperatures reaching 35ºC last month, Wanstead Flats suffered a series of infernos.

“On 10 August, a large blaze burned about one hectare of tinderbox-dry grassland by Centre Road car park. Two days later, a series of fires swept through a swathe of bushes and grass between the Golden Fleece and Alexandra Lake. The London Fire Brigade deserves thanks for a speedy and efficient response… Arson is suspected for at least one of the blazes,” said Tim Harris of the Wren Wildlife Group.

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