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Firefighters are battling a large growing pine forest fire in the Manawatū Tangimoana area since early this morning.
Last night at around 6 pm Fire and Emergency were called to the fire on Lake Road, Oroua Downs. It burnt through 40ha of forestry.
Six helicopters, including 50 personnel, firefighters and heavy machinery operators, are working to contain the fire.
The large fire which is sparked from a pine forest as of 11:30 am on Friday grew to 45ha in size. Pine trees typically get dry during hot weather and is a fire risk to the surrounding environment which may be the cause but it is yet to be determined.
It is expected that winds were to pick up but within the current prediction ‘things were looking good' said Fire and Emergency on a Facebook post.
Image: Himatangi Beach Volunteer Fire Brigade (3rd party partnership network w/permissions)
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