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continued. Officers were also investigating damage to a parked car on Hay St. The car was ‘‘keyed’’ overnight on Tuesday and notes were left on the vehicle abusing the Christchurch owner.
Police are continuing to investigate after a St John ambulance’s tyres were slashed overnight on Sunday. Senior constable Chris Blackford, of Queenstown, said a station staff member found the tyres slashed on Sunday morning.
Fire makes farmer nervous
The owner of a high country Central Otago station says a large fire that ripped through farmland has made him ‘‘extremely nervous’’.
Alistair Campbell, of Earnscleugh Station, said he had been busy shearing and not had a chance to inspect the damage caused by a fire that burned across 250-hectares of property near Alexandra on Friday.
‘‘They could not really fight it because the winds were so high. If it had been in summer it would have been an absolutely disaster. You would never have put it out. I am extremely nervous after this (fire).’’
No stock had been killed or injured in the blaze and the fire was ‘‘miles away’’ from their home, he said.
‘‘It only burned snow grass. At this time of year stock are not that high. The area will have to be destocked for a year to get it recover. That will be the biggest loss to us.’’
He believed arcing power lines, caused by the gale-force winds, started the fire.
Earnscleugh produces more than 100 tonnes of Merino wool annually and also has three cattle and six merino sheep pedigree stud operations involving more than 6000 individually recorded animals.
Earnscleugh Station is on the south side of Lake Dunstan in Cromwell Gorge, about an hour’s drive east of Queenstown.