Kent Fireplace and Rescue mentioned that three fireplace engines and a bulk water service had been on the scene tackling the blaze. Nationwide Highways mentioned at 6pm that visitors had been allowed to go after each carriageways had been briefly shut.
The fireplace service mentioned in an announcement that crews had been utilizing foam and hose reel jets to extinguish the inferno.
It added that there had been no reported accidents because of the incident.
The tanker fireplace had occurred between Junction 4 and 5 of the London orbital motorway. Junction 4 is the turn-off for the A21 in the direction of Orpington in south London, whereas Junction 5 is the intersection with the M26 and the Sevenoaks bypass.
As of 6.20pm, Nationwide Highways reported delays had diminished to 10 minutes over traditional journey instances.
Site visitors had beforehand been allowed to go travelling anticlockwise at round 5.30pm, whereas clockwise lanes remained shut.
It comes as Britain scorches in a document heatwave, inflicting journey chaos and fires to interrupt out throughout rural elements of England.
Luton Airport and RAF Brize Norton have each halted all flights as their runways soften.
In the meantime, motorists have been warned of “harmful” highway surfaces, with gritters despatched out in Somerset to cease roads getting too sticky.
Temperatures are anticipated to prime 38 levels at present, and will soar previous 40 levels on Tuesday. In the meantime, the Met Workplace issued its first purple climate warning.
In response to the most well liked day of the yr to this point, some faculties have needed to shut, whereas practice providers have been reduce because the nation’s public transport system groans within the warmth.
Ambulance crews have mentioned that they’re dealing with a better variety of emergency calls as Britons swelter.
In keeping with journey knowledge, many have opted to remain at dwelling. Community Rail mentioned the variety of passengers utilizing main stations was down round 20 % in contrast with per week in the past.
Satnav agency TomTom mentioned highway congestion at 9am this morning had been decrease in most UK cities than on the identical time final week.
In London, congestion ranges fell from 53 % on July 11 to 42 % at present. Transport for London has suggested residents of the capital to solely journey if important.