Surrey fire: Firefighters called to raging wildfire as residents warned to stay inside

Firefighters were called about the wildfire at 6.55pm yesterday. Multiple appliances are now in attendance, including support from Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire & Rescue Service.

The 1,400-acre Surrey nature reserve is owned by the Ministry of Defence and is a part of Thursley, Hankley & Frensham Commons Special Area of Conservation, Special Protection Area & Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Hankley Common is also regularly used as a filming location for blockbuster movies, including Marvel’s Black Widow and Daniel Craig’s hit 2012 James Bond movie Skyfall.

However, the wildfire at Hankley Common comes just hours after London Fire Brigade claimed the capital witnessed a record-breaking number of incidents.

They said: “London Fire Brigade had its busiest day since World War II yesterday as record temperatures led to hundreds of fires across the city.

“We declared a major incident and worked with emergency service partners who have also been working hard to continue to run services in these difficult and challenging conditions.

“By taking action, we were able to focus and prioritise our resources, recall staff from training, call on support from other local fire and rescue services and attend every incident as needed.

“Yesterday’s fires are another example of how we are increasingly being challenged by new extremes of weather as our climate changes and we’re developing long-term strategies to deal with more incidents like this in the future.”

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