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Firefighters continue to tackle huge fire at Thursley Common

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Firefighters continue to tackle huge fire at Thursley Common

Published by Lettie Buxton at 4:36pm 1st June 2020. (Updated at 6:07pm 1st June 2020)

Firefighters are continuing to tackle the huge fire at Thursley Common today (1 June) - almost 48 hours on from when it started.

The blaze is now covering around 150 hectares of the nature reserve, located between Elstead and Thursley.

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service have confirmed approximately 40 firefighters are still working on a rotational basis at the site.

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Staff crewing four Unimog fire appliances, four Land Rover wildfire units, one high volume pump, water carriers, and command support personnel are currently in attendance.

Surrey Police has also confirmed Thursley Road and Dye House Road remain closed, with officers liaising with local residents who will be "notified in person should there be the need to evacuate". 

A spokesperson for the force added: "At this stage, there is no evidence to suggest anything suspicious."

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The fire service is recommending that people avoid the area and continue to be mindful of the ongoing fire danger because of the current dry, windy and warm weather.

It comes as the Met Office's Fire Severity Index remains as "very high" in Surrey.

Kasey Beal, assistant chief fire officer at Surrey Fire and Rescue Service, said:

"Our firefighters have done a tremendous job in limiting the fire spread to the commons area, and in preventing the fire from further threatening Thursley Village since the fire began late Saturday afternoon.

"During the height of the incident on both Saturday and Sunday, neighbouring fire and rescue services - Hampshire and West Sussex - greatly assisted in the firefighting effort with additional specialised wildland firefighting equipment and personnel.

"Our focus remains on containing the extent of the fire to the common, and further limiting environmental impact to the national nature reserve.

"Whilst the cause of the fire is not yet known, we urge everyone to refrain from using disposable BBQs, having camp fires, and to ensure smoking materials are fully extinguished whilst enjoying the outdoors."