Fire in Welcome Bay

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UPDATED 1.29pm: Papamoa and Greerton firefighters are working to extinguish six small unpermitted fires in rural Welcome Bay.

The two brigades were called to reports of a scrub fire about 12.35pm.

Fire service northern communication shift manager Scott Osmond said the fires were probably started to burn tree cuttings, or something similar.

He said rural fire authorities were heading to the Waitao Rd property due to the lack of a fire permit during the restricted open fire season.

EARLIER 12.41pm: Papamoa and Greerton firefighters are headed to a fire in Welcome Bay.

The two brigades were called to a scrub fire in Waitao Rd, off Welcome Bay Rd, about 12.35pm.

A fire service northern communications spokesman said the fire was not believed to be large at this stage.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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