Mangakahia Rd fire

Firefighters from the Kaikohe fire brigade and rural fire party, plus three helicopters equipped with monsoon buckets, fought a fire threatening two homes and a large area of native bush at the corner of Mangakahia Rd and Orakau Rd today. The suspicious fire started just over 24 hours into a Far North fire ban, declared at noon on Monday due to continuing dry weather and soaring fire danger. Photos by Peter de Graaf.