An Invercargill fire brigade was called to a report of smoke coming from an old flax mill on the Edendale-Woodlands highway yesterday.
Two fire engines and a tanker attended the call at 3.40pm, when smoke was reported coming from the old abandoned structure on private farmland.
However, senior station officer John Gilder said the cause of the smoke was a controlled burnoff by the farmer.
Smoke was spotted by someone from the road, who called in the alert, Mr Gilder said. Firefighters inspected the fire and talked to the farmer. He said they were satisfied that the situation was under control.
There were no restrictions on lighting fires at the moment, Mr Gilder said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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