Series of scrub fires keep crews hard at work

By nathan.crombie@age.co.nz -
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SUSPICIOUS: A grass fire burns in a field near the Masterton Motorplex drag strip in Manaia Rd on Wednesday at dusk. PHOTO/TIM EMERSON
SUSPICIOUS: A grass fire burns in a field near the Masterton Motorplex drag strip in Manaia Rd on Wednesday at dusk. PHOTO/TIM EMERSON

Scrub fires have erupted throughout Wairarapa during the past few days.

Three Masterton fire crews and the Carterton water tanker were scrambled to a blaze that broke out in vegetation at a Te Ore Ore Rd property in Masterton soon after 1pm yesterday, fire communications supervisor David Meikle said.

He said the fire burnt through an area of vegetation measuring about 50m by 20m and the tanker and a single fire crew were still at the scene and dampening down hotspots at 4pm.

A grass fire had also ignited at a Te Maire Rd property at Kahutara shortly before 1.30pm and a single fire crew from Featherston had doused the blaze and was at the scene for almost an hour, Mr Meikle said.

Fire had also torn through about a half hectare of vegetation near the Masterton Motoplex drag strip on Wednesday in a blaze that is being treated as suspicious.

Rural firefighters, Masterton fire crews and the Carterton water tanker were scrambled to the scene of the blaze, which ignited around 7.30pm on Wednesday.

The blaze was being treated as suspicious and was believed to be the second fire to have broken out in the same field over the past several months.

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