Fire­works fire scars Mt Eden’s crater

Central Leader - - NEWS -

It’s not known who is re­spon­si­ble for a blaze that rav­aged Mt Eden’s crater this week.

A fire­work is be­lieved to have started the fire that spread more than 200 square me­tres across the crater in the early hours of Mon­day morn­ing.

Twelve ap­pli­ances at­tended and it was ex­tin­guished by 4am.

Avon­dale po­lice Se­nior Sergeant Ross Endi­cot­tDavies says a car was searched near the sum­mit soon af­ter po­lice were called but there are no sus­pects.

Auck­land city se­nior sta­tion of­fi­cer Gary Lane says this is the sec­ond fire caused by fire­works at the sum­mit this month.

In the ear­lier in­ci­dent, a wit­nesses was able to put the flames out be­fore fire­fight­ers ar­rived.

Open fires and fire­works are banned at all times in Auck­land Coun­cil parks.

Coun­cil act­ing parks, sports and recre­ation man­ager Mace Ward says Mon­day’s fire was a dis­ap­point­ing in­ci­dent and is a re­minder of the need for in­creased care dur­ing the dry sum­mer sea­son.

‘‘Sum­mer­time presents us with dry con­di­tions and in­creased fire risk, there­fore we ask our vis­i­tors to take ex­tra care on our parks and vol­canic cones,’’ Mr Ward says.

Mace Ward Auck­land Coun­cil’s act­ing parks, sports and recre­ation man­ager

Photo: EMMA WHIT­TAKER

Charred: A blaze started by fire­works in Mt Eden’s crater has left a 200 square me­tre scar.

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