Fire deemed suspicious

Last updated 05:00 13/02/2013

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The fire at Waipoua Forest that scorched just over 10ha of scrub has been contained.

Three helicopters were called in when the fire was first reported on Thursday afternoon, which was one of the reasons the fire was contained so quickly, Department of Conservation community relations manager Karen Joyce-Paki says.

More than 20 workers fought the blaze using water dams, water trucks and a tanker.

There were still several hot spots left on Monday and fire crew would remain until they were dealt with.

Mrs Joyce-Paki says the fire was small considering the forest covers 14,500ha.

A fire investigator has established the starting point was close to the coast and an investigation is pending.

"It is suspicious," she says.

The fire was about 10km from Tane Mahuta and "there was never any risk to the kauri forest", she says.

Nothing rare or endangered was living in the scrub.

Some of the burnt land belonged to Te Roroa iwi.

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