Fruit and veges block highway
Two callouts on the same afternoon meant volunteer firefighters from all three South Waikato District stations were out at emergencies at the same time last week.
About 4pm last Tuesday Tokoroa firefighters were called to a truck and trailer unit which had rolled on State Highway One north of Tokoroa.
The driver was not seriously hurt but his load of apples, pears and mushrooms was spilt across the road.
His truck and trailer was left lying on its side, completely blocking the highway. SH1 was closed for several hours until a crane could right the truck and clear the scene.
As Tokoroa firefighters waited for the crane to arrive their compatriots from Putaruru and Tirau were at the scene of a scrub fire on Horahora Rd.
That fire was reported about 3.30pm.
Firefighters arrived to find a section of bush along a steep bank and ridge line was ablaze.
Fire appliances and tankers from several stations, including Te Awamutu, Matamata and Cambridge were called to the scene as was a helicopter.
It was the helicopter that doused most of the flames using water from the Waikato River as the ridge proved difficult and dangerous for firefighters to get to.
FRUIT SALAD: Apples, pears and mushrooms were strewn across SH1 after a truck crashed on Tuesday.
TRICKY ONE: Firefighters found it difficult getting to a scrub fire on Horahora Rd so called in a helicopter.