A large scrub fire which took hold in a Gisborne park last
night is under control, the Fire Service says.
The blaze, in Titirangi Park, came within 20 metres of
houses, forcing their evacuation.
Firefighters have returned to the site this morning to
extinguish the last of the flames, after only a handful of
staff remained overnight to ensure it posed no threat.
The fire was "more or less under control" this morning,
central fire communications shift manager Mike Wanoa said.
No homes had been in danger and there had been no injuries
reported, he said.
The fire started near Kaiti Beach at 6.45pm, and nine fire
engines and four helicopters were brought in to help fight
Last night residents in Oxford St, Norwood Rd and Turanga St
were forced to leave their homes. Others were told to stay
indoors to avoid the large amounts of smoke coming from the
Turanga St resident Ruby Aitken said the fire came within 20
metres of her house before winds changed and pushed the fire
in the opposite direction. The cause of the fire was unknown.