Fire crews are cautiously optimistic they have finally gained
the upper hand over a huge blaze that has been burning on
Great Barrier Island through the week.
However, a south-easterly wind could fan flames again,
Principal Rural Fire Officer Bryan Cartelle said.
The Navy had been drafted in to help the large contingent
battling fires on the Hauraki Gulf island as the threat of
poor weekend weather kept dozens of firefighters on high
The fire has been burning since Monday and has destroyed more
than 100ha of bush.
But Mr Cartelle said they were in a "good position".
Charred scrub was still smoking "and where there's smoke
there's fire", so fire crews were remaining vigilant, he
"We're strengthening some containment lines.
"The south east breeze does pump through here and we've got
some additional strategies in case it does start to break out
- we've got some retardant and we've still got two
helicopters on the island."
Yesterday, the HMNZS Otago has been "rapidly redeployed" from
a training exercise at sea to help with the efforts on the
It delivered five tonnes of equipment and supplies at the
request of the Department of Conservation.