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Fire crews still on scene after blaze tears through Thursley Common

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Fire crews still on scene after blaze tears through Thursley Common

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 2:15pm 2nd June 2020.

Firefighters are still at Thursley Common today (2 June) after a blaze ripped through the area over three days.

Five specialist vehicles were on the scene of the nature reserve this morning damping down.

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed the wildfire has now been "brought under control by firefighters", who are spending the fourth day of this incident "patrolling the site".

The blaze, which started on Saturday (30 May), has covered around 150 hectares of undergrowth and forest, as previously reported by Eagle Radio.

Fire appliances and crews have now been "scaled back" at the nature reserve, which is between Thursley and Elstead.

Thursley fire

Dan Quin, deputy chief fire officer for Surrey Fire and Rescue Service, has give an update on the next steps:

"We’re now in a situation where we need to ensure Thursley Common is safe and no longer a threat to reignite.

"We’re in contact with local stakeholders, including Thursley Parish Council and will consider reopening the site when we feel it’s safe to do so.

"Our firefighters, control staff and partners have worked tremendously in response to this incident.

"May 2020 became the sunniest calendar month on record and while that brings good news during a period of difficulty, it also highlights another safety warning.

"Areas will be dryer than usual, and we would urge residents to do everything they can to help us prevent wildfires in Surrey."

The fire service has given out the following advice on how you can help prevent wildfires:

• Refrain from using disposable barbecues, especially in dry public places
• If you smoke, discard cigarettes correctly – not on the ground
• Don’t start campfires or bonfires
• Discard rubbish appropriately and be mindful that reflective materials can cause ignitions
• Don’t burn off garden rubbish
• Do not try and tackle a fire yourself, always call 999.