Fire danger warning

Last updated 12:00 14/12/2012

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'Tis the season for scrub blazes, open air fire-lighters have been warned after charred tree stumps at Bulls sparked back to life in the dry summer sun, causing a fire to rip through a field.

Firefighters and volunteers from Bulls, Marton, Koitiata and Ohakea teamed up for two hours yesterday evening, requiring five fire engines and two rural fire patrol vehicles to put out a hard-to-access blaze that scorched a small area of the grassy field. The Raumai Rd fire started about 5pm yesterday after burnt tree stumps, which were set alight about a week ago and were thought to have burnt out, sparked back to life in yesterday's warm temperatures, Bulls fire station chief Brian Carter said.

It was not a large blaze, but was difficult to control because the fire burnt down into the tree roots and was located over a sandy ridge.

Summertime scrub fires were common, Mr Carter said.

"It is getting very, very dry up there. People need to be aware of how dry the ground is already."

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- Manawatu Standard

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