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One of the grass fires at Leytonstone is now under control, the London Fire Brigade said today. In a statement, the service said:
The British Red Cross has launched two call centres in Norwich and Ipswich to check on the welfare of hundreds of elderly and vulnerable people in the region.
Teams of volunteers are working with hospitals across the area to ensure that those who have recently been discharged and have been identified as needing extra care are coping in the heatwave.
There are two grass fires being fought in the London Borough of Waltham Forest.
Eight fire engines and sixty firefighters are tackling a blaze off Whipps Cross Road.
There are a further six fire engines at a blaze in Epping Forest.
The London Fire Brigade say they are making "steady process in hot conditions".
The London Fire Brigade has said that there are currently two grass fires in the same area of south east England crews are attempting to stop from spreading.
The London Fire Brigade is tackling a large grass fire in Epping Forest, in south east England. According to the service's Twitter feed, the fire could be seen from as far as the Olympic Park.
Signs have gone up along the Rochdale canal in the Calder Valley urging boaters to use water sparingly while temperatures are high.
There are eight fire engines and 60 firefighters tackling a grass fire in Epping Forest at Leytonstone, the London Fire Brigade said today.
According to their Twitter feed, the brigade said: "We're making steady progress in hot conditions and working hard to bring the fire under control."
An area of 200 sq metres is thought to be alight, they added.
Wales Air paramedic John Adams has said the service's call volumes have almost "doubled from last year", as sunshine revellers take to the beach.
Mr Adams added that callers suffered from heat exhaustion for not "taking enough fluids".
The elderly and carers must take extra care in the heat, care home Anchor Trust advised today, as temperatures continue to soar.
Carl Martin, Wellbeing Manager at Anchor’s West Hall has issued the following advice in keeping cool in the heat:
- In the heat, older people should drink plenty of fluids.
- Stay away from tea, coffee and alcoholic drinks as these are dehydrating.
- Eat foods that retain water, so plenty of fruit, vegetables and salad.
- Older skin has less elasticity so can be more sensitive to the sun - they should use a once a day suncream that is photostable.
- Sun hats and sunglasses are a necessity.
- It is important to check in on elderly neighbours and friends in the heat.
- Hot weather can be as dangerous as cold weather.
- Enjoy the sun in moderation.
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