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The Far North's rural fire boss vows to take people who start fires to court after two more blazes threatened a home and cost $25,000 to put out.
It is believed the blazes, both in Taheke on Monday afternoon, were caused by rubbish fires lit in tinder-dry conditions.
Deputy rural fire officer Clinton Lyall said the first started about 1.30pm on Peras Rd, off State Highway 12 at Waima, burning 1ha of grass before it was extinguished.
The second was on nearby Ramsey Rd, about 500m from SH12, tearing through 3ha of scrub and endangering a house.
It was brought under control by helicopters using monsoon buckets.
Northern principal rural fire officer Myles Taylor threatened anyone who lit an illegal fire with court action.
"People assume the fire danger is over, but in fact this is the worst time of the year," he said.
"People are going to be put in front of a judge. I'm sick of it."
- Peter de Graaf of the Northern Advocate