Fires

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.

Hunt for arsonist goes on

Wanaka police are relieved no fires were lit on the corner of Chalmers St and Stratford Tce yesterday but continue to chase every lead as they hunt the person responsible for six deliberately-lit fires at the site since January 9.

Arsonists say sorry

A personal apology from two youths who started a fire at Clyde on January 5 was appreciated by the volunteer firefighters called to extinguish the potentially disastrous blaze.

Bonfire of tree stumps doused by firefighters

An Alexandra fire crew attended a bonfire of tree stumps near the town yesterday, set alight by a property owner who was apparently unaware of the fire ban.

The fire ban

Although subject to weather-dependent variation, a month ago the fire danger in rural Otago was generally listed as "high", with some hotspots listed as "extreme".

Teen admits starting Clyde fire: police

Teen admits starting Clyde fire: police

A deliberately-lit fire which spread rapidly near houses in Clyde yesterday afternoon could have had "catastrophic" consequences, police and fire authorities say.

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