FIREMEN spent three days fighting massive heath blazes that left a blackened wasteland across large areas between Camberley, Lightwater, Deepcut, Pirbright and Bisley over the Easter weekend.

The first fire broke out off the Red Road and The Maultway on Thursday. It spread rapidly and there were widespread traffic jams as motorists diverted around the closed roads. By that evening the fire was reckoned to be 130 feet deep and there were worries that it might jump The Maultway or head towards barrack areas.

By Friday there were still sporadic fires and Pirbright Camp was evacuated as a precaution. In the afternoon it hit woodland and was threatening new housing in Minorca Avenue. The homes were evacuated, as was the officers' mess at Deepcut. More fires broke out in various areas throughout Saturday.