Fire fighters rushed to the scene of fire on the A3 between Ripley and Wisley today (July 22).

At around 1.27pm, Surrey Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) said they responded to almost 50 urgent calls reporting a blaze close to the A3, in between Ripley and Wisely.

While the crews have since extinguished the blaze, a staggering amount of land — between five and ten square kilometres — was burnt before the fire crews managed to get it under control.

"We received 47 calls at 1.27pm today to a fire located on the A3 northbound between Ripley and Wisley," a spokesperson for SFRS said.

"We sent 4 fire engines and 4 specialist vehicles. There is approx 5,000-10,000 square metres of damage.

"Crews used six hose reels and 4 wildfire beaters," they added in a statement posted to Twitter.

In a later update, SFRS praised the work of its crews in controlling the blaze, the origins of which remained unknown.

"Great work by all in locating the fire & bringing it under control quickly.

"Crews on scene are now damping down. The cause is unknown."

As the Comet reported earlier this year, spontaneous fires are more likely in Surrey amid hot weather this year.

In May, the Met Office raised the threat of spontaneous fires in Surrey to "severe" amid hot weather.