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Auckland bush fires extinguished as crews stretched

Published: 5:43AM Thursday January 31, 2013 Source: ONE News / Newstalk ZB

The Fire Service has stood down from all the scrub blazes it has been fighting on mainland Auckland - with just Great Barrier Island still causing problems.

Resources were stretched as a number of incidents lit up across the Auckland region yesterday.

Several fires were purposely lit along the railway tracks on New North Road in Mt Albert.

The fires spread several hundred metres along the tracks and police are searching for the culprit.

Earlier in the day around 50 Residents in South Auckland were evacuated from their homes after a scrub fire broke out in Clendon Park, Manurewa.

It took fire crews, nine pumping appliances, and two large tankers to bring the Manurewa fire under control.

Fires were also blazing in Mangere, Warkworth and Snells Beach.

A total fire ban remains in place for the region as the hot, dry spell of weather increases the chances of a more bush fires flaring up.

Auckland Council is reminding people that coal and wood barbecues are not allowed under the total fire ban applied to the Auckland region last week.

A fire which started on Great Barrier Island last week continues to burn, contained within a 116 hectare cordon.

Rural fire crews will today try to get at some deep seated hot spots, but the fire is expected to take another week to put out.

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