Hot spots still flaring up

Firefighters dampen down hot spots yesterday with help from earthmoving machinery, following the...
Firefighters dampen down hot spots yesterday with help from earthmoving machinery, following the major fire at Burnside on Wednesday. Photo: Peter McIntosh
Small fires continue to flare up at Burnside following a major blaze on Wednesday, and the public are being warned to be vigilant.

Fire and Emergency New Zealand incident controller Rodger Smith said several hot spots had reignited in vegetation along Eclipse Rd yesterday, and firefighters  had been working hard to make sure they were completely extinguished.

There was concern about them flaring up again, particularly because one  was near The Wood Shed which remains open to the public, on the corner of Eclipse and Kaikorai Valley Rd.

"People need to remain vigilant over the coming days, and if they are concerned about fire at all, they should call 111."

Mr Smith said the portion of the fire which destroyed buildings at Kaikorai Valley Properties Ltd was officially declared "extinguished" yesterday, and the owners were allowed to return and begin the  clean-up process.

"But we’re continuing to work in the rural sector [vegetation portion] of the fire, mopping up hot spots and extinguishing deep-seated fires.

"We are making good progress there and it is expected that we will be involved for another couple of days here."

Investigations into the cause of the fire are continuing, he said.

john.lewis@odt.co.nz

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