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Hastings District Fire; 12.15pm Update

Crews fighting a large fire in Waimarama Road are making good progress in containing the blaze.

A Civil Defence Emergency remains in place in the Hastings District after several fires burnt yesterday.

There is now a limited threat of the Waimarama Road fire spreading any further. The blaze has now been contained as a result of significant work from helicopters with monsoon buckets, bulldozers and fire crews working hard to reinforce the containment line. The fire is still burning and work continues to extinguish it, however fire crews say the blaze is now travelling very slowly and there is a reduced threat to local homes.

The team responding to the Hastings District fires is extremely grateful to the large number of people who are assisting with the firefighting efforts.

These include fire crews from Taranaki, Auckland, Tararua, Rotorua, Rangetiki and Whangarei and the Pumicelands Rural Fire Authority (Central North Island), fire crews from the Defence Force, the Department of Conservation, the Fire Protection Service and the NZ Fire Service

One house was lost in the fire yesterday.

Waimarama Road is open but Craggy Range Road (off Tukituki Road) and Lopez Lane remains closed, however this is being reviewed this afternoon, with plans being developed that may allow residents to return home later today. There are 37 people still out of their homes from Craggy Range Road.

Fires in Colin White Road, Ripia Stream, Te Hauke, and Endsleigh Road are contained but fire crews continue to monitor them and dealing with flare ups where required.

Eight helicopters are being used to help fight the fires.

A Welfare Centre is operating at Havelock North Function Centre for anyone needing assistance or information.

Hastings District Council Civil Defence staff are heading out to Waimarama and Ocean Beach this afternoon to check on the welfare of residents and provide information as needed.

Two generators are on hand as backup to the Waimarama water supply system.

Residents are asked to stay vigilant and keep an eye on Hastings District Council’s Facebook page, HB Emergency websites and/or your local radio station.

The public is being asked to stay away from the fires to allow fire crews the room to do their job and ensure the safety of everyone.

There have been substantial resources brought into the district to help with the fires, teams are coping well, and responding where required.

4 October 2017

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