'Substantial' scrub fire breaks out

Last updated 17:22 08/01/2014
fire
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.

Relevant offers

Wairarapa

Man arrested by armed police after Martinborough manhunt named, denied bail Stall-holders to welcome big crowd and cooler weather for Martinborough Fair Marlborough Wine flight pairs spectacular views of New Zealand with award-winning wines Colleagues grieve for contractor electrocuted at Henergy egg farm in Wairarapa Broadband, eftpos problems in lower NI after cable damaged Cowboys, boots and giant belt-buckles to transform Martinborough for bullride Featherston 'divided' as driver, 14, charged over fatal crash No bail yet for Wairarapa man arrested after armed police search rural settlements A marathon effort on the frozen continent Aratoi museum and local iwi buy back ancient Maori cloak after century in US

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.

Ad Feedback

- The Dominion Post

Comments

Special offers
Opinion poll

How many coffees do you have a day?

5 or even more

3-4

2

1

Anything from 1-5.

Don't touch the stuff.

Vote Result

Related story: Coffee as we know it at risk of dying

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content