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Jonathan Smith, assistant commissioner of London Fire Brigade on London's grass fires

London has been witnessing the impact of climate change over the last few weeks, with temperatures hitting 33 degrees at the weekend. The Brigade has seen a 128% increase in grass fires this year compared with last year, stretching the Brigade’s resources to the limits. Assistant Commissioner Jonathan Smith said: “Over the last few weeks it has been relentless, firefighters have been working in very challenging conditions and extreme heat. "We need the public to help us during this dry, hot weather. "Even if the temperatures decrease, until the grass is green there is a high risk of grass fires spreading, especially as the wind increases. "


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