Trees burn in fire

Waipa Post - - Crimeline -

Don Spiers has grown used to peo­ple dump­ing rub­bish on the side of the road near his ki­wifruit farm.

But he got the fright of his life when a pile of trash — dumped and set on fire by of­fend­ers — spread to his row of trees on Sing Rd.

Don planted hun­dreds of cryp­tome­rias about 30 years ago as a wind­break for ki­wifruit.

At about 10pm on Tues­day he was alerted to the fire by neigh­bours and rushed to the scene.

A stretch of trees span­ning 80m went up in flames — and the fire was quickly spread­ing.

“It was spec­tac­u­lar — the flames were mov­ing in both di­rec­tions,” Don says.

“The brigade couldn’t put out the trees un­til the power was turned off, so we all just stood there watch­ing the fire grow.”

Fire­fight­ers doused around 40 trees, now just charred re­mains.

Don is sure the burnt trees are de­stroyed, but is thank­ful the ki­wifruit was un­touched.

He’s start­ing to plant new cryp­tome­rias, but says it will take around 15-20 years for them to grow to full height.

Photo / Bethany Rolston

A pile of rub­bish — dumped and set on fire — spread to a row of trees on Sing Rd.

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