Pair of rural fires put out

Fire crews and helicopters tackled a blaze in a remote location near Long Beach, Dunedin, yesterday.

Fire and Emergency New Zealand was called at 12.30pm to a fire among pine trees behind Whareakeake, also known as Murdering Beach.

The 200m by 150m blaze initially threatened one property, a Fenz spokesman said.

Helicopters were called, due to difficulty with site access for ground crews.

Six appliances from Dunedin, Port Chalmers, Waitati and Waitaki fought the fire but

were stood down at 4.45pm, crews revisiting the scene later in the night to ensure there was no remnant of fire.

 - Fire crews worked over the weekend to extinguish a fire near Palmerston, north of Dunedin, which started on Friday night.

A Fenz spokesman said the fire in Chalmers Rd, Bushey, was 5ha to 7ha in size, covering pine forest and slash — debris from removed trees.

Three helicopters and 10 fire trucks were initially sent to the fire at 8.49pm on Friday.

The fire was contained on Saturday morning with the assistance of four helicopters.

Two appliances each from Waitaki and Hampden remained at the scene to tackle hot spots yesterday, alongside a command unit and incident controllers from Dunedin.

The weather-induced Spark cellphone outage affected crews’ ability to communicate, but firefighters used borrowed phones, radios and pagers, the spokesman said.


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