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Emergency services have been tackling the flames overnight and are expected to remain at the scene throughout the weekend

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Chobham Common fire: Crews tackle flames for second day

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Chobham Common fire: Crews tackle flames for second day

Multiple fire crews are tackling flames at the Chobham Common fire for the second day.

The blaze, which at its peak spread to 150 acres, continues to burn on Saturday (August 8).

Firefighters are expected to remain at the scene throughout the weekend, a Surrey Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) spokesperson has confirmed.

The blaze was reported shortly after 12.30pm on Friday (August 7) with some people saying they could see the smoke from The Shard in London.

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A number of roads in the area remain closed and some properties have been evacuated.

SurreyLive will provide live updates on this incident in the blog below.

If you have any information or pictures, please contact us at [email protected] if it is safe and legal to do so.

  • Good morning08:10

  • ‘Do not return home,’ police warn23:58

  • Latest from Surrey Police23:52

  • ‘Crews will remain for some time yet’22:30

  • People evacuated not going home tonight22:16

08:37Emma Pengelly

Further update expected

We are expecting an update shortly regarding the scale of the fire and number of crews that remain at the scene.

Surrey Police says it will be recoordinating with partner agencies at 9am.

We will bring you further information as soon as we have it.

08:33Emma Pengelly

Search and rescue at scene

The Surrey Search and Rescue (SAR) team remains at the scene this morning to support the fire service’s efforts.

08:25Emma Pengelly

Residents evacuated

08:21Emma Pengelly

SFRS update

SFRS provided an update this morning on the Chobham Common fire and continues to advise people to avoid the area if possible.

A spokesperson said:

Crews are still there and the fire is still burning.

It will probably be burning for most of the day and crews will probably remain on scene for the rest of the weekend.

There are still road closures in the area and we are still advising people to avoid the area if they can.

It was 41 hectares at its peak. Overnight as the air temperature has cooled so that has been beaten back slightly.

SFRS has since confirmed the fire spread to around 150 acres (61 hectares) at its peak.

08:10KEY EVENT

Good morning

Welcome back to our live blog where we will continue to bring you live updates on the Chobham Common fire.

Crews have been tackling the huge blaze overnight and remain at the scene on Saturday morning as the fire continues to burn.

The fire spread to 150 acres at its peak, according to SFRS, and crews are expected to remain at the scene throughout the weekend.

23:58KEY EVENT

‘Do not return home,’ police warn

Those who have been evacuated from their homes have been told by police they must not return home.

It comes after police were alerted to social media posts suggesting people could return to their properties.

A police statement released said: “We are aware of reports of social media posts suggesting that residents can return to HEATHER DRIVE – this is not the case. Please DO NOT attempt to return home at this time.”

23:52KEY EVENT

Latest from Surrey Police

Surrey Police have shared the following update on social media:

“The fire on Chobham Common is an ongoing incident with significant numbers of emergency services on the scene who are likely to remain there for some time.

“Please continue to avoid the area.

“Road closures are currently in place – as the below image shows – these are eastbound on the Chertsey Road (B386) at the junction with Brick Hill up to the roundabout with Windsor Road and Chobham Road, and then northbound on the Chobham Road from the roundabout to the junction with Onslow Road.

“We are aware of reports of social media posts suggesting that residents can return to HEATHER DRIVE – this is not the case. Please DO NOT attempt to return home at this time.

“We thank the public for their continued support of all multi-agency colleagues working on the ground.”

22:51

Other services drafted in to tackle blaze

Other services have been drafted in a desperate attempt to tackle the blaze on Chobham Common.

Surrey Fire and Rescue have just thanked neighbouring West Sussex Fire and Rescue for their support with today’s ongoing fire.

Crews are currently working tirelessly to get the fire under control and look set to be there for some time yet.

22:30KEY EVENT

‘Crews will remain for some time yet’

Fire services bosses have warned the blaze is still not under control and instructed people to avoid the area.

Roads remain closed and residents who have been evacuated have been told they must not return to their property this evening.

Crews are battling to stop the fire from spreading, which is being aggravated by the heat and wind.

We have more on this ongoing incident here.

22:16KEY EVENT

People evacuated not going home tonight

This is the latest from Surrey Fire and Rescue regarding those who have been evacuated.

A number of people have been evacuated from their homes due to the fire.

And residents have been told they should not return to their homes tonight.

21:53KEY EVENT

Blaze continues and warnings still in place

The Royal Borough of Windsor Maidenhead has tweeted to remind people to keep away from the major fire at Chobham Common.

Firefighters are still working tirelessly to tackle the fire, which started earlier today.

People have been told to adhere to road closures and evacuation instructions.

21:32KEY EVENT

‘Everyone is safe and well’

Tournament Director at Rose Ladies Golf Molly Thorne has just shared her thanks on Twitter after today’s fire.

Play at the Rose Ladies Series Grand Final has been suspended due to the huge wildfire at Chobham Common.

The tournament, taking place at Surrey’s prestigious Wentworth Golf Club, has been temporarily postponed as flames from the fire move dangerously close to the course.

Read more on this here.

21:15KEY EVENT

‘Shut windows and doors’

Players walk on the 10th hole at Wentworth Golf Club in Virginia Water as the large fire and smoke is seen from the nearby Chobham Common (Image: Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

The huge wildfire at Chobham Common is “travelling fast due to the wind”, police have warned.

The common has been evacuated as firefighters tackle a large blaze that has been ongoing since around 12.30pm on Friday (August 7).

Residents in the area have been urged to keep their windows and doors shut “to avoid health problems” as the fire spreads.

We have more on this story ad the latest pictures from the scene here.

20:58KEY EVENT

Several road closures in place

Roads are closed in areas including Wentworth and Sunningdale while firefighters try to tackle the ongoing fire.

Drivers are being advised to avoid the area completely around the common.

There are several roads closed in the vicinity.

Emergency services at Brickhill roundabout (Image: Grahame Larter / SurreyLive)

20:40KEY EVENT

Have you left your car at Chobham Common?

Surrey Police are asking anyone who has left their cars parked at the common to get in touch with them as soon as possible.

The police need to account for your vehicle to ensure you are safe.

There are various ways to get in touch, mentioned below:

20:21KEY EVENT

Avoid area warning issued

Surrey Search and Rescue who are assisting the fire service are asking people to continue to avoid the area as the battle continues to keep the blaze under control.

The major incident has attracted much attention from the public and media.

But members of the public are being asked to keep away for their own safety.

20:15

Drone image of the blaze

The fire service has shared this drone image of the fire and thanked Surrey Search and Rescue for their ongoing support with attempts to tackle the blaze.

The fire has been raging since early afternoon.

Firefighters are still struggling to keep the spread at bay.

20:10KEY EVENT

Police issue urgent warning – full story

Surrey Police has warned that the fire is “travelling fast” and urged residents to shut their windows and doors due to the amount of smoke in the area.

For the full story, follow the link below.

Chobham Common fire ‘travelling fast’ as residents urged to shut windows and doors

A Surrey Search and Rescue drone image captures the fire spreading on the common (Image: Surrey Search and Rescue)

19:45

Vast smoke remains over the common

Smoke reduces visibility over the common (Image: Grahame Larter / SurreyLive)

19:39

Michael Gove ‘horrified’ by wildfire

19:38

Large presence of emergency services around the common

Emergency services at Brickhill roundabout (Image: Grahame Larter / SurreyLive)

The above picture was taken by SurreyLive photographer Grahame Larter at the Brickhill roundabout in Chobham.

19:22KEY EVENT

‘Fire is travelling fast due to the wind’

A statement from Surrey Police reads:

Surrey Fire and Rescue are working hard to get the fire under control, and we are assisting with evacuations and road closures. If you are on the common you need to evacuate immediately, following instructions from the police and fire officers on the ground.

If you decided to walk off the common, but have left a vehicle in one of the car parks, please message us immediately so we can account for you. The fire is travelling fast due to the wind, and there is also a risk of reduced visibility due to smoke.

If you are affected by the smoke from the fire please keep windows and doors shut to avoid health problems.

19:18

‘Please avoid the area’

19:07

Drone image shows overhead look at wildfire

19:01

Another video of the fire

The video below, taken by Dean Emmerson, shows the huge plumes of smoke rising from the common.

18:49

Major golf tournament postponed until the morning

A major golf tournament taking place at Surrey’s Wentworth Golf Club has been postponed until 9.30am on Saturday (August8).

The Rose Ladies’ Series Grand Final was initially suspended this afternoon after flames reached dangerously close to the course.

For the full story, follow the link below.

Rose Ladies Series Grand Final at Wentworth Golf Club suspended due to Chobham Common fire

18:33Dave Comeau

Smoke beginning to thin

Our photographer Grahame Larter has gone back out to Staple Hill where he was earlier, when the fire was spreading.

The smoke appears to be thinning as firefighters start to bring it under control, judging by his picture at least, taken at 6.30pm. However the fire is still very much raging.

Smoke beginning to thin as firefighters battle the Chobham Common fire (Image: Grahame Larter)

18:12Dave Comeau

Ash falling onto homes

A councillor in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead says ash is falling onto properties in the area.

Councillor Amy Tisi is the councillor for Clewer East.

17:52Dave Comeau

Rail disruption worsens

Problems for commuters have got worse with no trains now running from Waterloo to Reading or from Waterloo to Weybridge via Staines.

Tickets are being accepted on Reading Buses and Great Western Railway services. Not great news for anyone looking to get home on Friday night.

More info here.

17:49Dave Comeau

More info on Wentworth

Here’s some more detail on the tournament that has been suspended at Wentworth due to the fire.

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