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Surrey fire crews fighting Farnham woodland blaze

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Image caption Firefighters from Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire are at the scene

About 30 firefighters are tackling a fire in woods in Surrey.

Surrey fire service said crews were called to woodland near Old Frensham Road, Farnham, at about 14:30 BST.

Ten vehicles are at the site, which is managed by the RSPB, including appliances from West Sussex and Hampshire.

An RSPB spokesman said the site was about seven hectares of "Grade A" heathland and there is "great concern" for the wildlife.

The Farnham fire comes days after a blaze on heathland at Pirbright where about 500 acres were affected at Stoney Castle Ranges.

The Pirbright blaze, which started on 15 April, reignited over the weekend and fire crews were still at the scene continuing to pour water on to the heath.

Conservationists have said about two-thirds of the population of rare sand lizards and smooth snakes were thought to have been killed.

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