Blaze fought for 30 hours

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Firefighters and a he­li­copter with a mon­soon bucket fought a fire for nearly 30 hours af­ter a log­ging clearup at Ha­tuma got out of con­trol on Labour Week­end.

Hawke’s Bay prin­ci­pal ru­ral fire of­fi­cer Trevor Mitchell said they were called to the 3.5ha site on Ma­harakeke Rd, Ha­tuma, about 11.30am on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 20.

“The owner was burn­ing piles of log­ging waste and the wind got up and the fire piles es­caped.”

He said it was fairly com­mon at this time of year when peo­ple didn’t look at the weather fore­cast.

“He did let the emer­gency ser­vices know he was burn­ing be­fore he lit, so he did all the right things,” Mitchell said.

He urged peo­ple to check the weather fore­cast and that old fires were “prop­erly out”.

PHOTO: DUN­CAN BROWN

A he­li­copter with a mon­soon bucket fights a fire at the site of a log­ging clear-up on Ma­harakeke Rd, Ha­tuma, south of Waipuku­rau, on the Satur­day of Labour Week­end.

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