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Fire still raging at Thursley Common

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Fire still raging at Thursley Common

Published by Carol Musgrave at 6:31pm 31st May 2020. (Updated at 6:46pm 31st May 2020)

A huge blaze which started yesterday afternoon (30 May) continues to rage on Thursley Common between Elstead and Thursley.

Up to 50 firefighters have been on the scene this evening, with Surrey Fire and Rescue Service assisted by Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service and London Fire Brigade.

At least 20 hectares of undergrowth and forest at the nature reserve has been alight for well over 24 hours.

Yesterday, some residents nearby had to be evacuated - and this evening police warned that locals might need to leave their homes.

Surrey Police are also asking residents nearby to keep their doors and windows shut.

Fire breaks have been erected and road closures are in place.

Police say Thursley Road and Dye House Road remain closed and drivers in the area need to be aware that the smoke could affect visibility.

They say at this stage they do not believe there are any casualties. 

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The fire has been raging since yesterday afternoon.

At least 25 fire and rescue vehicles ranging from wildfire units, fire appliances and water carriers are being used to fight the blaze.

People are warned to stay away from the Common and police are urging the public to respect cordons that are in place.

Fire Thursley Common
Fire breaks have been put in place and roads are closed.

Meanwhile, a baby deer has been rescued from the area.