Scrub fires from Waikato to Northland endangered properties
this afternoon and ensured emergency services were rushed off
Northern fire communications shift manager Paul Radder said
the first scrub fire took place near the Mighty River dam in
Mangakino, Waikato, around 1.30pm and threatened a nearby
substation. The fire was approximately a hectare in size.
"That one had just been extinguished and the crews have come
The second fire occurred on Mangakahia Rd, approximately
halfway between Dargaville and Kaikohe, just after 2.30pm.
"That peaked at approximately five hectares and endangered
two houses. They protected the houses and have now contained
The Fire Service had also received multiple calls to what was
believed to be a factory fire, but turned out to be several
cars and tyres on fire at a car wreckers yard in Atkinson Ave
in Otahuhu just before 4pm, Mr Radder said.
"And we're just on our way to another large scrub fire in Te
Pahu in the Te Awamutu/Pirongia district. We've had a few
calls to it - some are saying it's a few acres, others are
saying the size of a football field, we're not sure yet."
There were no reports yet of any of the fires being
suspicious, Mr Radder said.
- By Brendan Manning of APNZ