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Thursley Common fire

Update Monday 1 June 14:00

Approximately 40 firefighters, working on a rotational basis, continue to tackle the large fire at Thursley Common.

Firefighters crewing 4 Unimog fire appliances, 4 Land Rover wildfire units, 1 high volume pump, water carriers, and command support personnel are currently in attendance to deal with the fire which covers approximately 150 hectares.

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service recommends that people avoid the area whilst firefighting operations continue and continue to be mindful of the ongoing fire danger due to this extended period of dry, windy and warm weather.

Kasey Beal, Assistant Chief Fire Officer 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.”

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