Fires

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.

'Significant' area of Doc Hawea reserve burns

'Significant' area of Doc Hawea reserve burns

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 burn.

House fire treated as suspicious

An early morning fire in an isolated Coromandel peninsula community is being treated as suspicious.

Moeraki holiday home destroyed in fire

A Moeraki home was gutted by fire on Thursday night, despite efforts by three fire brigades with about 20 firefighters to save it.

Heroic neighbours douse flames

Heroic neighbours douse flames

Two young Queenstown locals put out their neighbours' house fire yesterday morning before the fire service arrived at the scene.

Public reassured over fires

Public reassured over fires

Police say the public should not be concerned after the sixth arson attack on a Caversham, Dunedin, house yesterday morning.

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