21 February 2013
A fire stretching
across 85 hectares of conservation land at Tapora, west of
Wellsford, continues to burn in places today.
Cartelle, Principal Rural Fire Officer, says the fire
service currently has a team of 26 volunteer rural
firefighters working on the ground, supported by heavy
machinery and aerial support.
“Our team, with the
assistance of the Department of Conservation ground crews
and forest contractors, worked overnight to dampen down
hotspots and extend the current firebreaks.
fighting this fire from the perimeter because, as the tall
pines burn and fall, they are a real danger to anyone
onsite. We will not take any risks with our team; safety is
“Locals can expect to see visible flames and
smoke flare ups within the containment lines for some time
yet. However, they can rest assured, no properties are under
threat and our crews will be there day and night to monitor
the containment,” he said.
A fire investigator is
looking into the cause of the
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