Total fire ban for Wairoa

No fires at all in the open.

No fires at all in the open.

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WAIROA District Council will move to a prohibited fire Season on Saturday morning and a total fire ban will be imposed across the entire Wairoa district, which means no fires in the open at all.

The move matches the total fire ban imposed across Gisborne and the East Coast 10 days ago.

A total ban was put in place across Mahia in mid-December.

“It district-wide ban will come into force at 6am on Saturday,” said principal rural fire officer for the Wairoa district Don Scott.

“The fire risk is at extreme levels.”

Mr Scott said fire crews remained at the scene of the major Mahanga Beach fire throughout the day yesterday.

“They reported a few minor flare ups on the fire ground from Sunday’s blaze as the temperature went up yesterday.

“We now expect they will have to maintain their watch there for some days to come,” he said.

There were 18 forestry fire crew members on site yesterday.

“It will be the same number again today,” Mr Scott said.

“We will maintain a very close watch to ensure there are no re-ignitions that get away.”

A drone fitted with an infrared camera was used from first light today to overfly the fire zone.

“The drone’s camera will provide us with information on any sub-surface underground hot spots,” he said.

“We have definitely got the fire scene under control and we want to keep it that way.”

WAIROA District Council will move to a prohibited fire Season on Saturday morning and a total fire ban will be imposed across the entire Wairoa district, which means no fires in the open at all.

The move matches the total fire ban imposed across Gisborne and the East Coast 10 days ago.

A total ban was put in place across Mahia in mid-December.

“It district-wide ban will come into force at 6am on Saturday,” said principal rural fire officer for the Wairoa district Don Scott.

“The fire risk is at extreme levels.”

Mr Scott said fire crews remained at the scene of the major Mahanga Beach fire throughout the day yesterday.

“They reported a few minor flare ups on the fire ground from Sunday’s blaze as the temperature went up yesterday.

“We now expect they will have to maintain their watch there for some days to come,” he said.

There were 18 forestry fire crew members on site yesterday.

“It will be the same number again today,” Mr Scott said.

“We will maintain a very close watch to ensure there are no re-ignitions that get away.”

A drone fitted with an infrared camera was used from first light today to overfly the fire zone.

“The drone’s camera will provide us with information on any sub-surface underground hot spots,” he said.

“We have definitely got the fire scene under control and we want to keep it that way.”

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