A suspicious fire in Northland's Waipoua Forest which was
burning 10km south of the country's largest Kauri, Tane
Mahuta, has been brought under control.
Firefighters were called to the fire in the forest north of
Dargaville about 12.30am, northern fire communications shift
manager Dallas Ramsay said.
The Department of Conservation (DoC) said rural fire fighters
and forestry contractors had been helping battling the 2ha
fire which had spread through native forest and scrubland.
At this stage the fire was under control, there was no threat
to Tane Mahuta and the Waipoua Forest remained open to
visitors, DoC said.
A fresh team would be brought in today to relieve the early
morning firefighters and crews would establish containment
lines, firebreaks, search for hotspots, and wet down areas to
help prevent any potential flare-ups.