Taking care critical

Last updated 10:58 31/01/2013

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Horowhenua Mail

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Cigarette butts thrown from passing cars may have started two separate grass fires in Foxton on Tuesday, say fire fighters.

Foxton Volunteer Fire Brigade chief fire officer Gary Stratford said the larger fire would have measured 100m by 50m with fire fighters working for about two hours from 8pm to extinguish it.

Earlier that day the brigade had spent about 30 minutes putting out another smaller fire which started about 2.30pm on the side of the Foxton to Shannon Rd.

Mr Stratford said while the cause of both fires was unknown, he suspected they may have started from cigarette butts tossed from passing cars.

He said with tinder dry conditions people needed to be aware of the dangers.

Principal rural fire officer Brent Fanning reminded people that the restricted fire season was still in place with permits required for all open-air fires, except for barbecues lit in properly constructed containers and fuelled with gas or liquid fuel.

Mr Fanning said there was a total fire ban in place on all beaches.

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