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Fire in Manawatu Tangimoana forest burns through 53ha

Fire and emergency services in New Zealand have been fighting a fire in the Manawatu Tangimoana forest. They were called to the fire around 6pm on 4 February and by the morning of 5 February it had burnt through 40ha of forestry. Source: Timberbiz

Six helicopters and heavy machinery were used to create firebreaks to contain the fire.

Around 30 firefighters were on the scene initially.

Updated mapping has shown the fire burnt 53ha of land.

Two helicopters and additional fire crews joined the effort and now the fire is now totally contained.

One helicopter, ground fire crews and heavy machinery will continue work to strengthen the containment lines and manage any hotspots.

“Crews have done a great job and worked very hard since the fire started 6pm Thursday night to get it fully contained,” Principal Rural Fire Officer Bradley Shanks said.

“There is minimal smoke out on the fire ground this morning, but we do expect to have crews remaining at the fire for a few more days to finish mopping up the last of the fire.”