The battle to contain a Surrey wildfire continues into Saturday, after it spread to around 150 acres of land during Friday.

Crews remain on scene as of this morning (August 8), after Surrey Fire and Rescue Service fought the flames throughout the night.

The blaze started in Chobham Common and had earlier spread to Wentworth golf course, halting play in the Rose Ladies Series Grand Final tournament.

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) said residents who have been evacuated from their homes would not be able to return until Saturday morning at the earliest.

An update posted by SFRS, shortly before 8am, read: "Crews remain on scene at the fire on Chobham Common which spread to around 150 acres at its peak.

"Overnight the cooling temperatures & hard work of crews contained the spread but we're expecting firefighters to be on scene through the day. Please avoid the area for your own safety"

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The service earlier said it sent 10 fire engines, two water carriers and 10 other vehicles to tackle the blaze.

Cabinet minister and MP for Surrey Heath Michael Gove described the fire as a "tragedy" as he thanked search and rescue teams for their help in dealing with the incident.

Griff Ryan, 23, lives in Sunningdale near to the blaze, and said the fire began with a "strange light" at around 1pm before smoke and then later a "wall of flames".

"Smoke got gradually worse and ash began falling into our garden," he told the PA news agency yesterday.

"Now standing on Chobham road. At around 5pm fire still wasn't visible from the road.

"Over about half an hour it's become visible and now can see a wall of flames down towards the railway line.

"Other residents I've spoken to have said it's the worst they've seen in 30 years."

Smoke from the fire was visible well over ten miles away and had earlier been mistakenly thought to be coming from Heathrow airport by some on social media.