Forest fire brought under control

A suspicious fire in Northland's Waipoua Forest which was burning 10km south of the country's largest Kauri, Tane Mahuta, has been brought under control.

Firefighters were called to the fire in the forest north of Dargaville about 12.30am, northern fire communications shift manager Dallas Ramsay said.

The Department of Conservation (DoC) said rural fire fighters and forestry contractors had been helping battling the 2ha fire which had spread through native forest and scrubland.

At this stage the fire was under control, there was no threat to Tane Mahuta and the Waipoua Forest remained open to visitors, DoC said.

A fresh team would be brought in today to relieve the early morning firefighters and crews would establish containment lines, firebreaks, search for hotspots, and wet down areas to help prevent any potential flare-ups.


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