Investigators try find cause of blaze
Thu, 21 Feb 2013 5:29a.m.
Investigators will this afternoon try to find out what started the massive scrub fire in Wellington which took 10 hours to control and forced the evacuation of 20 houses.
The fire charred 60 hectares of scrubland in the South Wellington suburb of Happy Valley and fire fighters have only just brought it under control.
A spokesperson for the rural fire service says the cause of the blaze in still unknown but it is unlikely it was caused naturally.
Three helicopters and around twenty ground crews spent the last ten hours fighting the fire which began at 2am on a ridgeline in Happy Valley.
They contained the fire at around 8am but it quickly flared up and threatened a number of nearby houses.
Concerned residents from all over the city – as far away as Southgate and across the harbour at Petone – called the blaze in to emergency services.
There have been no reports of injuries or damage to property.
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21/02/2013 3:05:54 p.m.
geoff s wrote:
I remember living in Wainuiomata back in the 1960s and seeing gorse fires in the hills next to houses so nothing has changed in 40 plus years.If they want to prevent these fires perhaps they should use prisioners to clear the gorse for once and for all
21/02/2013 8:24:28 a.m.
When they say "bush" do they mean gorse - a good time perhaps to plant some nice pine trees?
21/02/2013 5:58:16 a.m.
Richard H wrote:
Certainly not expecting to get woken up with cry's of fire this morning! Evacuated at 2:30 am, high flames - helicopter dropping buckets of water now.
Fire has moved onto second ridge line and advancing south through scrub, Owhiro Bay school open and providing welcome support for those displaced
21/02/2013 5:41:26 a.m.
David cooper wrote:
Woke up this morning to what i thought was someone running a boat motor. looked out my window, and to my suprise the top of the hillside is on fire and a helicopter whizzing past with monsson bucket in-tow.
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