Part of the North Circular ground to a halt during this morning's rush hour after a car burst into flames.
Thick smoke drifted across the carriageway near South Woodford just before 6:30am.
Met Police say no one was injured, and the fire was extinguished just after 9am. The road has now reopened.
A 57-year-old man from South Woodford has been charged with the murder of a woman who went missing 17 years ago.
Jane Harrison, a 32-year-old single mother from Highbury, disappeared on 15 June 1995. She was last seen that afternoon in the Wood Green Shopping City.
Her body has never been found, but police launched a murder investigation in August 2010.