Home, forest threatened by Mahia fire

SCORCHED EARTH: Firefighters from Wairoa, Nuhaka and Mahia dealt with a large grass fire at Dinah’s Beach at Mahia yesterday and were able to stop it reaching a nearby house. Pictures supplied
There were burn-outs of a different kind for several derelict vehicles caught up in the blaze.

Firefighters from Nuhaka, Mahia and Wairoa were called to a remote area of Mahia Peninsula yesterday in response to a vegetation fire that threatened a house and a forestry block.

The fire was at Dinah’s Beach at the south-eastern end of the peninsula.

“It broke out at about 11.30am and was started by sparks or some burning material from an incinerator drum,” said Hawke’s Bay principal rural fire officer Trevor Mitchell.

“It spread into tussock and burnt several abandoned derelict vehicles, before threatening a forestry block and a nearby house, at what’s known as Dinah’s homestead.”

Two helicopters were sent to the fire to help but were not needed.

“The crews on the ground dealt with the fire using forestry hose lines and shovels,” said Mr Mitchell.

About 20 firefighters responded to the blaze, which covered an area of less than half a hectare.

Crews were at the scene for a couple of hours.

“Permits are required for any fire in the open under our current restricted fire season,” said Mr Mitchell.

“People wanting a permit can go to checkitsalright.nz

Mr Mitchell said if you spot an unattended fire, call 111.

Firefighters from Nuhaka, Mahia and Wairoa were called to a remote area of Mahia Peninsula yesterday in response to a vegetation fire that threatened a house and a forestry block.

The fire was at Dinah’s Beach at the south-eastern end of the peninsula.

“It broke out at about 11.30am and was started by sparks or some burning material from an incinerator drum,” said Hawke’s Bay principal rural fire officer Trevor Mitchell.

“It spread into tussock and burnt several abandoned derelict vehicles, before threatening a forestry block and a nearby house, at what’s known as Dinah’s homestead.”

Two helicopters were sent to the fire to help but were not needed.

“The crews on the ground dealt with the fire using forestry hose lines and shovels,” said Mr Mitchell.

About 20 firefighters responded to the blaze, which covered an area of less than half a hectare.

Crews were at the scene for a couple of hours.

“Permits are required for any fire in the open under our current restricted fire season,” said Mr Mitchell.

“People wanting a permit can go to checkitsalright.nz

Mr Mitchell said if you spot an unattended fire, call 111.

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