Rural fires contained

Last updated 12:00 23/02/2013

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A fire threatened two lifestyle blocks at Marahau yesterday, and firefighters battled another blaze at Upper Moutere early this morning.

Waimea Rural Fire Authority principal fire officer Ian Reade said firefighters were called to a blaze on Sandy Bay-Marahau Rd about 4pm yesterday.

The Motueka Volunteer Fire Brigade was first on the scene, and firefighters from the authority took over.

"It burnt just under one hectare. There were two houses that were quite close to it - one above and one below," Mr Reade said. "We're a bit unsure of how it started at this point."

Various crews from the rural fire network fought the blaze, including Department of Conservation firefighters. Toby Reid of Reid Helicopters Nelson was also there with a monsoon bucket.

"We were out of there about 8pm. It was only grass and a bit of scrub," Mr Reade said. "At one stage the fire jumped across to the other side of the road, but we managed to get there very quickly."

Firefighters were also called to a fire in a forestry block in Supplejack Valley Rd, Upper Moutere about 1am today.

"We're not too sure how it started. It could be spontaneous combustion just from vegetation buildup," Mr Reade said.

Crews from Appleby and Upper Moutere fought the small blaze. A forestry crew and volunteers from the Tasman rural fire force were still there this morning.

"It's not a big area, but it was burning quite intensely. The plantation was at risk, but there wasn't a great deal of wind," Mr Reade said. "The whole message that we're trying to push is for people to manage the vegetation around their properties."

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- The Nelson Mail

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