More breaches of total fire ban

Firefighters called out three times last night to deal with nuisance fires\.

Firefighters called out three times last night to deal with nuisance fires\.

FIREFIGHTERS were called out three times last night to deal with nuisance fires that were lit in breach of the total fire ban that has been in force around the district for 10 days.

The first call at 7.30pm involved a brazier on a property in Ralph Street, which was put out.

At 9pm a fire crew was called to Makorori Beach to extinguish a fire that had been lit on the beach.

“I think they saw us coming because the fire was out by the time we got there,” a senior firefighter said.

Fireworks were being set off on the beach as well.

Gisborne District Council yesterday moved to ban the lighting of fireworks as part of the total fire ban, because of the extreme fire risk.

The third call was at 9.40pm last night to some backyard burning on a property in Fisher Place at Lytton West.

That fire was also put out by the firefighters.

■ The Matawai, Te Karaka and Opotiki volunteer fire brigades were called out early this morning to deal with an apparent fire alongside SH2 in the Waioeka Gorge.

They got the call at around 3.20am.

“We found a small fire on a hillside near the Opotiki end of the gorge,” said Matawai fire chief Neville Tohill.

“We could smell smoke as we went past and found a fire that had started somehow but gone out. It looked pretty harmless but it was still pretty smelly.

“It was so dry I couldn't believe that the fire didn't take off.”

Two Rural Fire crews from Gisborne were also called out.

The scene was checked this morning to make sure the fire was out.

FIREFIGHTERS were called out three times last night to deal with nuisance fires that were lit in breach of the total fire ban that has been in force around the district for 10 days.

The first call at 7.30pm involved a brazier on a property in Ralph Street, which was put out.

At 9pm a fire crew was called to Makorori Beach to extinguish a fire that had been lit on the beach.

“I think they saw us coming because the fire was out by the time we got there,” a senior firefighter said.

Fireworks were being set off on the beach as well.

Gisborne District Council yesterday moved to ban the lighting of fireworks as part of the total fire ban, because of the extreme fire risk.

The third call was at 9.40pm last night to some backyard burning on a property in Fisher Place at Lytton West.

That fire was also put out by the firefighters.

■ The Matawai, Te Karaka and Opotiki volunteer fire brigades were called out early this morning to deal with an apparent fire alongside SH2 in the Waioeka Gorge.

They got the call at around 3.20am.

“We found a small fire on a hillside near the Opotiki end of the gorge,” said Matawai fire chief Neville Tohill.

“We could smell smoke as we went past and found a fire that had started somehow but gone out. It looked pretty harmless but it was still pretty smelly.

“It was so dry I couldn't believe that the fire didn't take off.”

Two Rural Fire crews from Gisborne were also called out.

The scene was checked this morning to make sure the fire was out.

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Brenda Mc donald - 10 months ago
It's about time that fireworks were banned as well, I am sick of them. I say do what Australia does and make them illegal to light them. We should just have organised fireworks displays period. Are people crazy, lighting fires? What is wrong with them?

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