Dramatic pictures show a huge field fire spreading quickly on Canvey as crews are on the scene.
Firefighters are tackling a huge field blaze near Canvey Road.
Traffic is slow moving eastbound on Canvey Way (A130) from Sadlers Farm Interchange (A13) to Somnes Avenue, which appears to be as a result of the fire.
An Essex Fire and Rescue spokesman said: “Thank you for calling our control room to report but we are on scene and will provide further updates when we can.
“Please keep your windows and doors closed if you live nearby and avoid the area.”
Aerial photos show the extent of the blaze which is the second on the island since the new heatwave started this week.
Experts warned the UK could see more wildfires this weekend as temperatures are expected to hit 35C.
An amber heat warning has been issued by the Met Office and forecasters warned more people are likely to visit coastal areas, lakes, rivers and other beauty spots leading to an increased risk of fire-related incidents.