Nine hectares of olive trees and grazing alongside the Tuki Tuki Road were lost to fire yesterday.
The blaze was yet another warning that every care needs to be taken with fire as the region continues to turn tinder dry, said Eastern Regional Rural Fire Committee chairman Trevor Mitchell.
The speed of the fire spread astonished the property owners with the blaze spreading over 250m in less than five minutes, he said.
It took fire crews from Havelock North, Maraetotara, Haumoana, and Hastings with a helicopter one-and-a-half hours to bring the fire under control and four hours to put out.
The cause is still under investigation.
“This demonstrates how dry conditions are and that people need to be very vigilant.”
It was one of a number of fires crews have had to attend to this week, including an abandoned bonfire in a freedom camping area in Waimarama and a rubbish fire that got out of control in Te Onepu Road.
All fires except cooking fires in urban areas need a permit at the moment. Permit requests should be lodged with your local fire authority or Council.
The public is being asked to report any unattended or dangerous fire by calling 111 immediately.
4 October 2017
Disclaimers and Copyright
While every endeavour has been taken by the Hastings District Council to ensure that the information on this website is accurate and up to date, Hastings District Council shall not be liable for any loss suffered through the use, directly or indirectly, of information on this website. Information contained has been assembled in good faith. Some of the information available in this site is from the New Zealand Public domain and supplied by relevant government agencies. Hastings District Council cannot accept any liability for its accuracy or content. Portions of the information and material on this site, including data, pages, documents, online graphics and images are protected by copyright, unless specifically notified to the contrary. Externally sourced information or material is copyright to the respective provider.
© Hastings District Council - / +64 6 871 5000 / email@example.com