Mul­ti­ple blazes keep fire brigades fran­tic

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS - By MAR­JORIE COOK

‘‘We don’t want any­thing to get cracking. It prob­a­bly wouldn’t stop till it got to the sea.

‘‘We almost had split per­son­al­i­ties there for a mo­ment.

‘‘We’d just got the call to stop go­ing to one [at Mt As­pir­ing Rd] when the call came through to go to Tar­ras,’’ An­der­son said.

Gal­loway was in a sim­i­lar state of flux, with the Wanaka bri­gade deal­ing to the 4sqm pad­dock burn promptly and then asked to back up the Lug­gate crew as they raced to Tar­ras.

The Tar­ras fire was a small reig­ni­tion of the 8ha burn at the week­end that An­der­son said had ‘‘ev­ery fire­fighter and his brother’’ turn out from as far away as Clyde.

Gal­loway says ‘‘a bit of rain would be nice’’ but notes the weather fore­cast does not of­fer respite, with fine weather to con­tinue for sev­eral days.

‘‘It is ex­tremely dry so peo­ple will need to be care­ful and vig­i­lant,’’ Gal­loway said.

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