Fire at Redwood Pass

ANNA WILLIAMS
Last updated 10:42 30/01/2014
Fire
Andre Archer
The blaze burnt through manuka trees
Marlborough Helicopters
Andre Archer
Marlborough Helicopters pilot dumps water on the hot spots

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Twenty firefighters battled a hill-side blaze near Blenheim for five hours yesterday.

Marlborough deputy rural fire officer and fire investigator John Foley is investigating the cause of the fire, which started about 5pm at Redwood Pass Rd.

The blaze burnt through manuka trees near the railway line and spread up a hill about half-a-hectare.

Awatere and Blenheim Rural Fire forces used five fire tankers to battle the flames.

One crew tackled the fire from the top of a hill on Welds Pass while the other crews accessed the site through a farm track in the Awatere.

It was under control in less than two hours with the help of a Marlborough Helicopter using a monsoon bucket to dump water on the hot spots.

Firefighters remained at the scene for five hours mopping up the area and making sure the fire didn't reignite.

Thanks to Andre Archer for supplying the photographs

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- The Marlborough Express

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