Photos reveal extent of Maniototo blaze

Charred tussock and scrubland seen from the air. Photo: Supplied
Charred tussock and scrubland seen from the air. Photo: Supplied
Winds fan smoke as the hillside burns. Photo: Supplied
Winds fan smoke as the hillside burns. Photo: Supplied
Burnt hills can be seen in the distance from the command centre. Photo: George Block
Burnt hills can be seen in the distance from the command centre. Photo: George Block
Smoke drifts as a hillside smoulders. Photo: Supplied
Smoke drifts as a hillside smoulders. Photo: Supplied
A dark patch on the hills shows where the fire raged overnight. Photo: George Block
A dark patch on the hills shows where the fire raged overnight. Photo: George Block

Exclusive aerial photos have revealed the extent of the blaze which ravaged a Maniototo hillside.

The photos show lines of flames as they consumed tussock and scrubland near Waipiata-Kokonga Rd road.

However, Fire and Emergency New Zealand (Fenz) spokeswoman Zelda Jordan said around mid-afternoon on Thursday the fire was now well-contained within the perimeter line and crews were in the "mopping up" phase.

The fire, which began yesterday and was believed to have been caused by lightning strikes, spread across some 300ha, buffeted by strong winds today.

A map of the Kokonga fire perimeter.  Fenz
A map of the Kokonga fire perimeter. Fenz

Sixty ground crew in total, including 24 firefighters, and eight helicopters were tackling the blaze at its height. Fifteen residents had to be evacuated.

 

 

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