Fires

Forestry fire bill set to break record

Forestry fire bill set to break record

A fire in Wenita's Mt Allan forestry block, northwest of Dunedin, is expected to be the most expensive of its kind in the country, the national rural fire authority says.

Warning after fire threatens houses

Warning after fire threatens houses

Central Otago residents are being warned about the district's extreme fire risk following a close call in Clyde, where a blaze threatened houses and businesses along the town's main street.

Tackling hot spots laborious process

Tackling hot spots laborious process

It is day 22 and counting for about 20 Wenita employees who have been slugging it out in the smoky dustbowl that was once a large part of the Mount Allan forestry area, and the work is not going away.

Ranfurly blaze not suspicious

A fire which destroyed a garage in the Maniototo town of Ranfurly early this morning was not suspicious, the Fire Service says.

Firefighters battle blaze

More than 20 volunteer firefighters from Roxburgh and Millers Flat spent almost four hours extinguishing a blaze and dampening hot spots on private property near the Clutha River at Dumbarton early yesterday.

Team makes significant headway against fire

Team makes significant headway against fire

Firefighters finally had a "good" day yesterday, managing to make significant progress in their battle against a large fire in Wenita's Mt Allan Forest northwest of Dunedin.

Police investigate suspicious forest fires

Two fires in the Wenita Forestry block in Kaitangata on Thursday are being treated as suspicious and are under police investigation, Department of Conservation deputy principal rural fire officer Trevor Mitchell confirmed yesterday.

Cooling hot spots will take 'months'

Cooling hot spots will take 'months'

Just 20m or 30m above Mt Allan Rd, the helicopter swooped in, its monsoon bucket flicking the tree-tops as the pilot leaned out to peer at the smoky scene below.

Fire prompts call for scrub to be cleared

Fire prompts call for scrub to be cleared

Roxburgh residents nervous about the possibility of another major fire have asked the Roxburgh Community Board to persuade landowners to clear scrub from the hill behind the town.

Fire chief calls time on brigade

Fire chief calls time on brigade

Being a fireman has been a huge part of Gary Gibson's life for nearly 32 years.

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