Trees curb access
Matamata Volunteer Fire Brigade chief fire officer Brian Hunter said he is growing increasingly concerned over the number of driveways that are too narrow for a fire truck to enter. Overhanging shrubbery is often the problem and needs to be maintained.
Mr Hunter said when trees and other growth covers a driveway, it could be a life-threatening situation if they can not get through.
A driveway must have a minimum clearance of 4m wide and 4m high. Mr Hunter asks people to keep their driveway trees trimmed in case of an emergency.
Responded to a vehicle that was on fire just north on Matamata on State Highway 27.
Responded to a private fire alarm in a building on Elizabeth St.