Weather change made Reikorangi fire uncontrolled on private property

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Fire trucks blocked Rangiora Rd after a fire broke out at a private property near Reikorangi at around 12:50 pm on October 14.

The surrounding area was closed down and evacuated as it posed risk to spreading further.

The owner of the private property refused to give media comments on the situation and didn’t want media attention. So, thisquality sourced the newly revealed information about what really happened.

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A document revealed that the fire started after embers spread from a controlled burn in a pile of bamboo.

When the pile had burnt down to embers, a change in weather conditions caused it to spread to nearby vegetation.

At the peak of the fire, 13 Fire and Emergency NZ trucks were sent from Waikanae, Paraparaumu and Te Horo and Horowhenua to the fire. One tanker was at the scene.

Principal Rural Fire Officer Craig Cottrill said to thisquality: “It’s a timely reminder for anyone planning an outdoor fire to ensure fire safety measures are in place.”

“Make sure there is sufficient clearance from other flammable materials, Never leave a fire unattended. Make sure the fire and any embers are fully extinguished – dig it out and pour water on it. Check the local weather forecast before you light a fire. If it’s too dry and windy, hold off lighting a fire until conditions are better.”

For advice on managing your fire safety and to check the fire weather and fire season go to www.checkitsalright.nz. You can also contact your local area office who are able to help you with planning outdoor fires and give you location-specific advice. You can find their contact details here – https://fireandemergency.nz/contact-us/region-hq/

 

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