Wanaka residents described a potentially disastrous
vegetation fire early yesterday as "absolutely terrifying"
and "frighteningly close" after up to 50 firefighters from
the district's combined fire brigades saved several homes
from the blaze.
Alexandra and Clyde volunteer firefighters were called to two
separate fires within 20 minutes on Saturday afternoon, both
sparking into life after embers from earlier fires
The Department of Conservation is investigating a rubbish
fire lit on an Earnscleugh orchard yesterday, within 1km of
Doc land, during a restricted fire season.
The number of nuisance fires in North Dunedin's student
quarter is rapidly returning to 2007 levels, when problems
with unruly student behaviour were at their height.
A haze covered Balclutha on Saturday afternoon as
firefighters battled a blaze on the outskirts of the town.
Fire broke out in a large southeast Auckland chip factory
early this morning when a deep fryer caught alight.
A fire exercise in Queenstown's vast and vulnerable "Red
Zone" will use top personnel in incident management, deployed
when the earthquakes hit Christchurch.
Conditions are dry in the Upper Clutha region, causing
concerns for farmers and rural firefighters as they continue
to battle accidental vegetation blazes.
Up to 40ha of Department of Conservation land was destroyed
in the Hawea bush fire at the weekend.
Dozens of firefighters converged on the Department of
Conservation's Craig Burn reserve beside Lake Hawea and Glen
Dene Station late yesterday afternoon to battle a big rural
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