Surrey Fire and Rescue Service

Further update: Thursley Common wildfire

The wildfire at Thursley Common has been brought under control by firefighters as they spend the fourth day of this incident patrolling the site.

Fire appliances and crews have been scaled back to reflect the new size of this incident.

Dan Quin, Deputy Chief Fire Officer for Surrey Fire and Rescue Service updates on 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.”

How you 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.

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