Golf tournament has to stop halfway through at Wentworth as fire erupts through Surrey forest

The inferno could be seen from central London after breaking out on Chobham Common and cancels women’s golf competition.

The ladies were playing the Rose Ladies Series Grand Final on Wentworth golf course when they had to be evacuated mid-putt due to the fire.

It broke out on Chobham Common, a huge 40 acre piece of woodland near Woking and the Surrey Downs.

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service said it sent 10 fire engines, two water carriers and 10 other vehicles and are tackling the blaze this Friday evening.

A spokesman for the fire service said: ‘We received a call this afternoon around 12.25pm to a report of a fire on Chobham Common.

‘Ten fire engines have been sent in total, alongside multiple specialist vehicles, with the first arriving at the scene around 12.35pm.

‘Approximately 41 hectares of grass and undergrowth are alight. Crews remain at the scene tackling the fire.’

Witnesses said they could see the smoke as far away as London over ten miles away.

People had mistaken it for coming from Heathrow airport.

Crews continue to tackle the blaze.


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