A Civil Defence emergency remains in place in the Hastings District this morning as fire crews are out again fighting several fires around the Hastings District.
The main concern is the Waimarama Road fire, which continues to burn strongly and only 50% contained at this stage. There is 200 hectares of pine trees nearby and a firebreak has been bulldozed overnight in an attempt to stop it spreading into the trees. Since daylight helicopters using monsoon buckets have been continuing to fight the fire and prevent it spreading.
Waimarama Road is open but Craggy Range Road (off Tukituki Road) and Lopez Lane remains closed.
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.
The main concern to residents near the fire zone is an expected change in wind direction later today, which could fan smouldering embers and push the fire front in a new direction.
The Welfare Centre operating at Havelock North Function Centre will be open from 9am for anyone needing assistance or information.
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 and teams are coping well and responding where required.
For further information please contact Jane Mackay on 0274 443 206 or Helen Shea on 027 662 5953
4 October 2017
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