A FIRE service has said it was “extremely busy” after a number of blazes across a county in one day.
Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said it was called to a 25 acre (10 hectares) scrubland fire on Roscommon Way, Canvey Island, at 13:50 BST, on Thursday.
Road closures were in place and the fire was under control.
The service also warned of the dangers of cooking outside when a barbecue caused a garage fire in South Benfleet.
Dan Evison, watch manager at Rayleigh Fire Station, said: “We’ve seen a number of fires caused by barbecues across the county in the last few weeks and this incident is a prime example of how easily they can happen.
“While the hot weather continues, the risk of fires starting is high. Please don’t have barbecues or bonfires and opt for a fire-free option instead.”