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VIDEO, PICTURES: Fire in Pirbright

25 April

The fire is now out and we have closed the incident. There are no more updates to follow.

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service would like to thank crews from other fire services and the other emergency services for their assistance and all the volunteers who supported them in difficult conditions.

24 April

17:30

A spokesman for Surrey Fire and Rescue Service said: “Two specialist vehicles will continue to patrol the scene and keep a watching brief.”

10:30

A spokesman for Surrey Fire and Rescue Service said: “Today we have two fire engines, four specialist vehicles and around 20 firefighters at the scene. We are continuing to patrol the area and dampen down any hotspots that may appear.”

23 April

18:00

A spokesman for Surrey Fire and Rescue Service said: “We are scaling back operations – overnight we plan to have two specialist vehicles patrolling and keeping a watching brief of the scene.”

12:30

A spokesman for Surrey Fire and Rescue Service said: “We currently have one fire engine, three specialist vehicles and around 30 firefighters dealing with this incident. Firefighters are working very hard in difficult conditions to dampen down the area and tackle any hotspots.”

22 April

17:30

A Surrey Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “Overnight we plan to have two fire engines and six specialist vehicles tackling the hotspots on the scene of this large incident with crews continuing to dampen down the area.”

14:45

A Surrey Fire and Rescue Service Land Rover at the scene of the Pirbright fire

 

08:30

 

A spokesman for Surrey Fire and Rescue Service said: “Today we will have four fire engines, five Land Rovers, three specialist off-road vehicles and around 40 firefighters dealing with this incident. Firefighters are working very hard in hot and difficult conditions to dampen down the area and tackle any ‘hotspots’.”

As the weather is set to remain warm and dry Surrey Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to enjoy the countryside safely.

Tips on staying safe and protecting Surrey’s countryside include:
– ensure cigarettes and other smoking materials are fully extinguished
– only use barbecues in suitable area and never leave them unattended
– don’t leave bottles or glass in woodlands – sunlight shining through glass can start fires
– avoid lighting open fires in the countryside
If you see a fire in the countryside:
-dial 999 and report it immediately to the Fire and Rescue Service
-do not try to tackle the fire if it can’t be put out with a bucket of water – leave the area as quickly as possible

21 April

17:30

A Surrey Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “Overnight we plan to have two fire engines and four off-road vehicles tackling the hotspots on the scene of this large incident. Surrey crews are being supported by firefighters from Berkshire and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Services.”

09:30

A Surrey Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “We’ve got around 40 firefighters tackling this incident in difficult weather conditions. Crews are working hard to dampen down the scene and stop any major flare ups.”

20 April

17:30

A Surrey Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “We plan to have a fire engine and a number of specialist vehicles at the scene continuing to tackle this difficult and complex incident throughout the night.”

16:00

More video footage showing the extent of the damage and firefighters tackling the wildfire in Pirbright.

12:30

A Surrey Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said “We still have a large amount of equipment and around 50 firefighters working hard in hot and difficult conditions to tackle this incident and damp down the area.

“We’ve set up more than 10km of hose which can pump 10,000 litres of water a minute onto the affected area as well bringing in specialist equipment in from across the region.”

08:00

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Steve Owen-Hughes provides an update to BBC Surrey on the situation at Pirbright.

17 April

Aerial footage of the wildfire tackled by Surrey Fire and Rescue Service near Pirbright

Aerial photographs captured by firefighter Thomas Westcott shows the extent of the fire. Click the image to view more

A Surrey Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “Crews are continuing to damp down the scene of the fire and we expect that they will be for the next few days. We’re using over a kilometre of fire hose to pump water across the 50 hectares of undergrowth that’s been affected.”

16 April

17:45

A Surrey Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “We will be scaling back operations overnight to two fire engines and a couple of specialist vehicles. Crews will be holding a watching brief and continuing to damp down the fire during the night.

“In the morning the scene will be reassessed and then further updates will be given.”

10:30

A Surrey Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “Crews remained at the scene of the fire overnight damping down and keeping a watching brief, we currently have one fire engine and six specialist vehicles still on scene tackling the fire.”

Images from Surrey County Council

15 April

18:00

15:40

The wildfire spread across 30 hectares of heathland, which is equivalent to over 42 football pitches. It has now been brought under control by fire crews.

14:35

A spokesman for Surrey Fire and Rescue Service said: “We were called to a fire in Pirbright at 12:07 and have sent a number of fire engines, specialist vehicles and firefighters to the scene. Crews from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service are also providing us with assistance. The fire covers around four hectares of trees and undergrowth.”

We will provide updates on this site when available.

Photos courtesy of FireSnapper999

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