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Far north fire engulfs 300 hectares, seven helicopters at work


A huge blaze has engulfed 300 hectares in the Far North.

Crews were called to the fire at Waiharara in Northland, about 20km north of Kaitaia, shortly before 1.30pm Saturday.

Fire and Emergency NZ communications shift supervisor Colin Underdown said seven helicopters had been used to fight the fire.

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Just before 7pm it had not yet threatened any houses and was confined to an area of swamplands, he said.

A fire at Waiharara has engulfed 300 hectares on Saturday, December 18

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A fire at Waiharara has engulfed 300 hectares on Saturday, December 18

Firefighters were using Norton Rd, north of the Waiharara Domain for access.

A man living nearby in Awanui said the blaze continued to burn into the night.

The fire at Waiharara continued to burn into the evening.

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The fire at Waiharara continued to burn into the evening.



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