Burn-off out of control

Last updated 05:00 15/12/2012
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Patea volunteer firefighters work to control an out of control burn off near Patea

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Farmers are again being urged to take care when lighting fires after a storm damage burn-off got out of control yesterday.

Firefighters spent hours fighting the blaze after a pile of pine logging remnants was set alight on a property on State Highway 3, west of Patea, shortly before 10am.

Principal rural fire officer John Gunn said the "intense" fire had then jumped and moved with the wind.

The fire spread across 10 hectares of coastal farm land. A helicopter carrying a monsoon bucket was called in to help bring it under control.

When firefighters left the fire last night it had been brought under control to an isolated area of about 2 ha.

Mr Gunn said property owners needed to consider weather before they start slash burning operations.

"With so much of this logging slash to be cleared in South Taranaki, and beyond, they need to be very careful before they light any fires."

He said the bill for their services should also be seen as a deterrent.

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