Massive fire near nudist beach ‘likely caused by disposable BBQ’

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The cause of a huge fire near a nude beach in Dorset has been revealed to be a disposable BBQ.

Some stores halted sales of the popular summer item after warnings were issued about the “tinderbox” condition of many of the country’s fields and parks.

Wildfires have ignited across the UK as the second heatwave of this year continues.

Before temperatures soared, fire chiefs had asked the public not to use disposable grills.

Yesterday a fire spread at a nature reserve near Knoll Beach on the Dorset peninsula of Studland – involving 90 firefighters at its peak.

A chain ferry at the millionaire resort of Sandbanks, which takes tourists to Studland, has been closed and visitors have been evacuated from the beauty spot while the fire is being fought.

The fire caused traffic chaos and affected an area of ​​nearly ten acres, with huge plumes of smoke visible up to 15 miles.

Initial investigations by the fire department point to a grill as the cause of the fire.

Huge plumes of smoke could be seen for miles (Image: AP)

A spokesman for Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Services said: “Our crews have done a great job on a variety of fires, including Studland. I have absolute faith in our crews but what we could really use is some help from the public.

“Amazingly someone brought a barbecue to Studland that started this fire and we need the public’s help to stop these fires in the first place.

“The message is: don’t take crickets with you”. We really don’t have to do anything because it’s really hard for our crews to control it.’

Dorset Police, meanwhile, are struggling to prevent people from accessing a beachside car park after 300 drivers ignored signs posted by the council announcing its closure.

It was closed due to a hose crossing a nearby road.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Amer Ghazzal/Shutterstock (13083452b) Disposable BBQ grills on sale in Tesco supermarket in Wimbledon. Marks and Spencer has announced a nationwide ban on the sale of single-use barbecues in all its UK stores, following hot and dry conditions and recent fire incidents

There have been calls to crack down on where the items are sold (Image: Amer Ghazzal/Shutterstock)
A burn mark left by a disposable BBQ in Greenwich Park, London (Image: PA)

Wildfires have erupted across the UK as high temperatures continue.

In Essex, 16 firefighters fought a massive blaze that covered 370,000 square meters of land.

Homes were evacuated as the intense flames spread.

Meanwhile in London, Dramatic photos showed the extent of a fire at Hollow Ponds in Leytonstone.

Firefighters were tasked with fighting the huge blazes that had spread across the dry field on Thursday.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Maureen McLean/Shutterstock (13090500q) Firefighters from the Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service were back today, dousing smoldering hotspots at the scene of a huge field fire in Hedgerley, Buckinghamshire. Around 25 hectares of farmland was destroyed yesterday in a major fire that spread to the causeway of the M40. As smoke drifted across the M40, two lanes of the northbound M40 were closed between Junction 1A (M25 Junction) and Junction 2 (Beaconsfield). Seasonal Weather, Heatwave, Fire Consequences, Hedgerley, Buckinghamshire, UK - 13th August 2022

Firefighters extinguish a fire in Hedgerley, Buckinghamshire (Image: Maureen McLean/Shutterstock)
Plumes of smoke from a fire near West Calder in Scotland (Image: Liam Bullerwell / @LBDronography)

And in Yorkshire, firefighters had joined forces with local farmers to tackle a similar fire that swept through a field in the Aldborough St John area the night before.

Even further north, in Scotland, crews were still struggling to contain a moorland fire this morning after it raged for three days.

Rain will soon hit most of Scotland and Northern Ireland amid forecasts of a “small chance” of flooding and the risk of blackouts.

A The lower-level yellow warning for thunderstorms applies to parts of the two countries from Sunday noon to Monday 6am.

But higher temperatures in England will take longer to dissipate.

Announcing an official drought for parts of England, Water Secretary Steve Double said: “We are currently experiencing a second heatwave after July was the driest on record for parts of the country. The government and other partners, including the Environment Agency, are already taking action to manage the impact.

“All water companies have assured us that basic services are still secure and we have made it clear that it is their duty to maintain those services.

“We are better prepared than ever for droughts, but we will continue to closely monitor the situation, including the impact on farmers and the environment, and take further action as needed.”

John Curtin, the group’s executive director for local operations, said after the UK experienced its driest summer in 50 years it would take “weeks” of rain to refill water sources.

The announcement could see millions more homes hit by hose bans, but the EA has insisted the groundwater supply is safe.

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