'Substantial' scrub fire breaks out

Last updated 17:22 08/01/2014
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CALEB HARRIS/Fairfax NZ

LUCKY ESCAPE: Members of a forestry contract crew hose down hot-spots after a fire burnt scrub and pine trees in a pine plantation north of Masterton this afternoon.

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A helicopter was called in as fire fighters battled to control a "substantial" fire in pine trees and scrub this afternoon.

Two trucks from Masterton Fire Station, a tanker and and a rural fire crew are still fighting the fire in a pine plantation in the Blairlogie district north-east of Masterton after they were called around 12.45pm.

The "substantial" fire had affected about half a hectare of the plantation, Masterton station officer Doug Flowerday said.

A drinking water-tanker driver who was passing by fought the blaze singlehandedly until fire fighters arrived.

A rural fire chief said it was lucky the blaze was controlled quickly, and warned the problem of arcing powerlines starting fires in plantations could worsen.

A helicopter was also called in but has since been stood down as the flames are under control.

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- The Dominion Post

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