Thursday 28 February
Matakana fire – update
Firefighters at Dome Valley Matakana worked hard
yesterday to dampen down the flames and ensure the fire is
well within the containment lines.
The large, ground-
based crew of 73 firefighters continues today to use heavy
machinery to manage the fire and reduce its size.
Principal Rural Fire Officer, Bryan Cartelle, says he’s
pleased with the progress being made.
working hard and we’re using thermal imagery technology to
identify hot spots where we should focus our attention. This
tactic is working well for us and we’re definitely making
A thorough investigation into the cause of
the fire is in progress but it will be some time before the
findings are released.
The region-wide fire ban across
Auckland remains, “breaches of the ban and careless
behaviour will not be tolerated”, says Mr
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