Firefighters cease Rangitikei blaze spreading to manufacturing unit

Firefighters needed to battle to cease a 80-hectare scrub fireplace from destroying a Rangitīkei manufacturing unit.

A big fireplace northwest of Bulls began on Saturday afternoon and burnt pine forest and farmland till it was contained on Sunday. Firefighters will proceed mopping up till no less than Thursday.

The fireplace was behind the outdated Lake Alice web site, between Brandon Corridor Rd and State Freeway three. Santoft Forest additional west wasn’t affected. 

The fireplace got here near meat firm Farmlands Meals, however fireplace breaks and work from firefighters stopped it spreading. Farmland Meals’ director of gross sales and advertising and marketing Garth Davis mentioned the fireplace got here inside 500 metres of the manufacturing unit.

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A fire in rural Rangitīkei spread through farmland and forestry.


A hearth in rural Rangitīkei unfold by means of farmland and forestry.

“We had been floor zero right here on Saturday, with about 100 folks and about eight or 9 fireplace vehicles, two bulldozers, an excavator and a tractor. It was all go.”

No-one was at work on Saturday afternoon, however a workers member had arrived to examine on issues after they observed smoke coming from the neighbouring farm and known as the fireplace brigade.

Davis got here down in a rush as a result of it was severe.

He mentioned the fireplace jumped the fence into Farmland Meals’s 5-acre property. He noticed numerous smoke coming from the fireplace, which was burning grass, however not within the tree cover.

“Most of [the fire] was within the neighbours’, the place it got here down the ridge, however then it got here into the pines. If it got here into our pines it may have jumped to a different block and are available proper right down to the manufacturing unit.”

Davis and others used a bulldozer to create fireplace breaks and cease the fireplace spreading.

“We simply helped the fireplace engine arrange across the fringe of our property with pumps and hoses and water provide. If the fireplace had crept alongside they’d begin attacking it on the sting.”

Principal rural fireplace officer Bradley Shanks mentioned the fireplace was a “cheap measurement, particularly for this district”.

“It was an actual mixture of every little thing – forest plantation, farm land, slash forest that is simply been minimize down and new bushes.”

Shanks mentioned no-one was harm within the fireplace and he wasn’t conscious of any harm to homes or buildings. He mentioned a few of elements of the affected land had been capable of be saved.

Helicopters were used to help fight the blaze.


Helicopters had been used to assist struggle the blaze.

The fireplace began about 4pm on Saturday and unfold quickly throughout three properties. Three crews labored on the blaze in a single day on Saturday and one crew monitored the scene on Sunday evening.

Helicopters had been additionally used to struggle the fireplace.

Shanks mentioned fireplace breaks had been put in across the perimeter of the fireplace to cease it spreading.

The reason for the fireplace was being investigated.

Shanks mentioned the area was in a complete fireplace ban.