Cause of vegetation fire remains unknown

The cause of Thursday's early morning vegetation fire on Mt Iron is still being investigated, but the Department of Conservation believes it was not deliberately lit.

Wanaka homes escape fire

Wanaka homes escape fire

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.

Embers from winter ignite

Embers from winter ignite

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 re-ignited.

Another fire near Doc land

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.

Student fires near 2007 level

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.

Chopper used in plantation blaze

A haze covered Balclutha on Saturday afternoon as firefighters battled a blaze on the outskirts of the town.

Greasy fire in Auckland chip factory

Fire broke out in a large southeast Auckland chip factory early this morning when a deep fryer caught alight.

Testing time for tinderbox area

A fire exercise in Queenstown's vast and vulnerable "Red Zone" will use top personnel in incident management, deployed when the earthquakes hit Christchurch.

Dry conditions fuel fire fears

Dry conditions fuel fire fears

Conditions are dry in the Upper Clutha region, causing concerns for farmers and rural firefighters as they continue to battle accidental vegetation blazes.

Friday's bush fire burned 30-40ha

Up to 40ha of Department of Conservation land was destroyed in the Hawea bush fire at the weekend.

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