Large wildfire sends smoke billowing across West London and threatens to delay flights at Heathrow as firefighters the battle blaze on Hankley Common in Surrey
- Surrey Fire & Rescue Service declare ‘major incident’ as woods burn near capital
- Residents report smoke in the air up to 30 miles away as scrubland is aflame
- Weather less hot than in previous weeks, but drier air has made land vulnerable
- Emergency services urge residents to ‘avoid the area to allow our crews to work’
- Added: ‘Windows and doors should be closed if nearby and pets kept indoors’
A wildfire has broken out in Surrey, with smoke seen billowing across West London and toward Heathrow Airport this afternoon.
Residents reported smoke in the air up to 30 miles from Hankley Common in Surrey, where scrubland is ablaze.
Surrey Fire and Rescue Service declared a major incident and urged people to ‘avoid the area to allow our crews to work.’
The service wrote after 2.30pm: ‘We have declared a major incident at Hankley Common due to a large fire in the open.
‘We have several fire engines in attendance.
‘There is a great deal of smoke so please avoid the area, windows and doors should be closed if nearby and pets kept indoors. More info to follow.’
Heathrow Airport was the scene of increasingly smoky air, a livestream on Big Jet TV showed.
Smoke billowing from Hankley Common was also visible from the South Downs.
Homeowners up to 30 miles from Hankley Common said their homes were becoming smoky, forcing them to close windows and doors.