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Fires still burning but under control

Published: 5:56AM Friday February 22, 2013 Source: ONE News

  • Fire at Kaipara Harbour (Source: ONE News)
    Fire at Kaipara Harbour - Source: ONE News

Firefighters have worked through the night again to contain a large blaze north of Auckland.

The fire has burned through around 90 hectares of scrub and pine near Kaipara Harbour, west of Wellsford.

Crews remained at the location overnight.

Principal Rural Fire Officer Bryan Cartelle said the fire which stretches across Department of Conservation land was being fought from the perimeter "because, as the tall pines burn and fall, they are a real danger to anyone on site".

"We will not take any risks with our team; safety is paramount," he said, adding that no properties are under threat.

Suspicious blazes

Rural firefighters in Wellington continue to monitor the Happy Valley scrub fire that forced dozens of people to evacuate their homes early yesterday.

The fire is believed to be under control but there is still a risk of flare-ups.

The fire is being treated as suspicious, with a Fire Service spokesman saying "it is unlikely to have started naturally".

And five fires which broke out in rural Te Awamutu west of Hamilton yesterday morning are also being treated as suspicious.

Fire crews were called to a property on Old Mountain Rd, near Te Pahu, and when they arrived they noticed five separate fires along the left side of the road, all within six kilometres of the intersection with Te Pahu Rd.

Several metres of scrub and long grass beside the road was destroyed.