Monty's Bar and Restaurant and neighbouring premises were
evacuated when a chimney fire apparently began yesterday
A "malacious" fire in the greenwaste pit by the Ranfurly
rubbish dump, fanned by high winds, continued to be a problem
for the Ranfurly Volunteer Fire Brigade yesterday.
Quick work by an alert householder - and then firefighters -
probably prevented a major blaze in the Closeburn area near
Queenstown on Sunday night.
The Waimate fire which blazed across 178ha just before
Christmas has still not been declared officially out, a
formal process which South Canterbury principal rural fire
officer Rob Hands is cautious about rushing into.
The Fire Service is investigating whether a small boy playing
with a lighter started a house fire which nearly claimed the
lives of his mother and twin siblings in south Auckland
It may be the new year, but it's the same old problem of more
couch fires in North Dunedin.
One of the country's oldest department stores escaped
extensive damage when a sprinkler system activated and put
out a fire which could have destroyed the building.
Firefighters are expected to continue working through
Christmas to control a blaze which covers about 95 hectares
of forestry on Mt Allan.
The Waimate fire which burnt 178ha has been contained, but
could be months away from being officially declared out,
unless there is a lot of rain despite long-term predictions
of a dry, windy summer.
Scrub clearing contractors where given a fright yesterday
morning when a controlled and permitted burn-off of gorse
near Portobello got out of control.
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