Flare ups possible as wind picks up today

Some hotspots continued to smoulder on Sunday. Photo: Fire and Emergency.
Hotspots smouldering on Sunday. Photo: Fire and Emergency.
Firefighters working to keep a massive fire that tore through conservation land near Middlemarch contained managed to quickly extinguish a flare up last night.

In an update this morning a Fire and Emergency New Zealand (Fenz) spokeswoman said that while the Deep Stream Fire was contained, hotspots were still being identified within peat and tackled by firefighters and helicopters.

"We have five helicopters and ground responding to remote areas to help mop up on edges where water is not available."

"Along with the helicopters and ground crew we have heavy machinery on standby."

Helicopters and ground crew were quickly deployed early last night and quickly extinguished a small flare up.

With winds expected to pick up this afternoon Fenz had teams ready to deploy if there were any further flare ups.

Forecasted rain would assist us in firefighting efforts.

Anyone in the area on Saturday that had information of use to fire investigators was asked to contact Fenz on 0800 673473.

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