Massive bush fire in Northland

Massive bush fire in Northland

21 November 2011

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New Zealand — A massive bush fire in the small Northland settlement of Horeke, at the top of the Hokianga Harbour, may take weeks to subdue.

The principal rural fire officer for Northland, Miles Taylor, said the fire was currently being fought in the Whitehills Pine Forest.

The fire broke out around noon today about 2kms from the historic township of Horeke.

One house has been evacuated and authorities said there was no further imminent danger to homes so long as the wind maintained its current direction, a north westerly flow.

Rangiahua and Motukiore roads are temporarily closed while brigades from Kerikeri, Kaikohe and Okaihau try to contain the blaze. Three helicopters with monsoon buckets are dousing pine forest ahead of the fire in an attempt to stop it spreading.

Taylor said it was too early to speculate on the cause of the fire. All efforts were concentrated on controlling it.

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