Suspicious forest fire in Tapawera

Last updated 13:00 07/04/2012

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More forestry went up in flames yesterday, near where a number of suspected arsons in the Tapawera area have been lit on several occasions this year.

The blaze at the back of Tui on Hodgkinsons Rd was attended by the Tapawera fire station.

Helicopters were called in to help them put it out from 3.30pm yesterday.

Fire lookout attendant Mike Oliver said two fire crews spent last night watching guard over the latest fire.

"Guys on the ground watching over it and extinguishing any hot spots have just been released this morning," he said.

The forest fire is in the same general area that a number of suspicious blazes have occurred in rural areas in the past two months.

Nelson detectives have been investigating the fires in commercial forestry south of Tapawera.

Mr Oliver said yesterday's blaze involved forestry owned by Nelson Forest and a fire investigator was assessing the site today.

Police are interested in hearing from the public about anyone acting suspiciously in Tapawera, Tui, Sherry River or surrounding areas from February this year.

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- The Nelson Mail

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