Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Fire at Dome Forest, Matakana

Fire at Dome Forest, Matakana

Firefighters have a new fire on their hands today, with 70 hectares of forest and scrub-land, bounding conservation land burning in Wright Road, Matakana.

The authorities were alerted to the fire late yesterday and have been working through the night.

43 volunteer rural firefighters are on the ground along with additional support from the New Zealand Fire Service, Auckland Rural Fire District and forest companies. Heavy machinery and aerial support is being used.

Bryan Cartelle, Principal Rural Fire Officer, says the team worked hard overnight to contain the flames and dampen down hot spots.

“We are working as quickly as we can to contain the fire however locals can expect to see visible flames and smoke for some time yet. We would like to remind everyone to keep well away from the fire ground – as always safety is our first concern,” he says.

This is the second fire to strike the area this week, the first, west of Wellsford in Tapora is contained but still active and crew remain on site.

“Again we remind Aucklanders that there is currently a complete fire ban across the region and stress this must be taken seriously by everyone as we continue to face extreme fire danger.”

The cause of the fire is yet to be determined however an investigation will be carried out. No properties are under threat.

Several water tankers are also supporting the fire operation, which will impact on residential water deliveries in the Matakana area. We are working to release these tankers as soon as possible.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Gordon Campbell: On The Economic Bad News (And Turkey’s Fears About The Kurds)

Traditionally, voters regard National as a more competent manager of the economy. It is the sole upside of crony capitalism: surely these guys must know what their mates in business want and need. These last few months though, have put that faith sorely to the test... More>>

ALSO:

Discussion Document: Fresh Look At Family Violence Laws

A discussion document launched today takes a hard look at the way the law prevents and responds to family violence, and proposes a comprehensive rethink to strengthen New Zealand’s legislative response. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Presser: ‘Precarious’ Solid Energy In Banks’ Hands

Liquidation of state-owned coal company Solid Energy “cannot be ruled out” but is “not the number one preferred option of the government,” says Prime Minister John Key, who confirmed the beleaguered company was discussed today at Cabinet as its banking syndicate grapples with its commercially dire prospects. More>>

ALSO:

Missed Opportunities: Amnesty International Report Card On NZ's UN Role

As New Zealand steps down from its month as President of the Council, Amnesty International has taken the opportunity to review New Zealand’s role on the Council so far and assess their performance and contribution to protecting human rights worldwide. More>>

ALSO:

Prince Charles Get More Jobs: PM Announces Honorary Military Appointments

PM John Key has announced that Her Majesty The Queen has approved the appointment of HRH The Prince of Wales to three honorary positions: Admiral of the Fleet of the Royal New Zealand Navy; Field Marshal, New Zealand Army; Marshal of the Royal New Zealand Air Force. More>>

ALSO:

No TPP Deal: Gordon Campbell On Why We Should Still Oppose Investor-State Dispute Measures

Even in this dark hour for the TPP, the secrecy farce continues... What is left to hide? Every single negotiator went into those talks in Maui knowing exactly where everyone else stood. More>>

REACTION:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news