Hastings fire extinguished

Firefighters extinguished a 15-hectare grass fire near Hastings just days after a similar fire in the same area.

Crews from Hastings, Otane and the Hastings Rural Fire Brigade battled the blaze on State Highway 2 near Te Aute Trust Rd with five appliances and a helicopter with a monsoon bucket, after the call came through just after 2pm.

Hastings principal rural fire office Trevor Mitchell said while four hectares of farmland was burned, there were no reported injuries or property damage.

The cause of the fire was still being investigated, but it was not thought to be suspicious.

On Monday, firefighters battled a blaze on nearby Colin White Rd which covered an eight-hectare area.

No-one was hurt and no properties were threatened in the Colin White Rd fire which started in long, dry grass, Mitchell said.

The central North Island, including the Hawke’s Bay, has received lower than average rainfall this month, increasing the fire risk.

The Dominion Post