Dramatic pictures show smoke billowing from the motorway with traffic building. Highways England tweeted just before 9.30am: “#TrafficOfficers on scene with lane 1 and 2 closed #M25 J8 #Reigate on the clockwise whilst @SurreyFRS work on this vehicle. Thanks to all that are abiding by the Red lane closures! They are there to keep yourselves and all crews on scene safe!”
They later added: “Lane 2 has now been opened up past this scene. Lane 1 closure remains.”
All lanes were reopened at about 10.20am.
Fire crews from Epsom, Reigate and Godstone attended the incident.
Surrey Fire and Rescue said on Twitter: “Fire crews from Epsom, Reigate and Godstone are responding to reports of a car fire between junction 8 to 9 on the M25 @HighwaysSEAST informed – Please do not ignore the Red lane closures.”
One frustrated motorist tweeted: “What a surprise Friday and the M25 at Jnc 8 C/W is knackered vehicle fire long delays.”
It comes after the M25 was closed for hours yesterday when a lorry jackknifed near Leatherhead in Surrey.
Motorists were stuck in long tailbacks after police closed a clockwise section of the motorway between junction 9 for Leatherhead and junction 10 for Wisley.
The smash involved an articulated lorry, a London taxi and a red Citroen.
The lorry driver was taken to hospital with serious injuries but the occupants of the other vehicles were not injured.
Highways England blamed a diesel spill and the lorry’s position for the time taken to clear the accident.