Heli­copter helps douse scrub fire

Otago Daily Times - - DUNEDIN - GE­ORGE BLOCK ge­orge.block@odt.co.nz

A HELI­COPTER with a mon­soon bucket was de­ployed to bat­tle a scrub fire in Al­lan­ton yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

Fire­fight­ers from Mos­giel were called to the scene at 3.15pm to at­tend a scrub fire threat­en­ing a block of pine trees, near the in­ter­sec­tion of State High­way 1 and River­side Rd.

Fire and Emer­gency New Zealand shift man­ager An­drew Nor­ris said the fire was about 20m by 20m and crews had to walk up a steep bank to bat­tle the blaze.

‘‘There was no way of get­ting a truck any­where near it.’’

A HeliO­tago heli­copter armed with a mon­soon bucket was re­quested, get­ting to work bat­tling the blaze be­fore be­ing stood down about 4.50pm, he said.

Shortly af­ter 5pm the fire was well con­tained, and the crew from Mos­giel went home fol­low­ing the ar­rival of an­other from Wai­hola who were ‘‘mop­ping up’’ and damp­en­ing down hot spots.

The Wai­hola vol­un­teers were back at their sta­tion by 6pm.

Mr Nor­ris said the cause of the fire had yet to be de­ter­mined.


Sign of trou­ble . . . Smoke shrouds an Al­lan­ton hill­side yes­ter­day af­ter­noon be­fore the scrub fire spread and a heli­copter with a mon­soon bucket was de­ployed to con­tain the blaze be­fore it could con­sume a block of pine trees.

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