29 Nov 2015

Marlborough firefighters diverted to new fire

8:01 pm on 29 November 2015

Fire crews battling a forest fire in Marlborough were diverted this afternoon to tackle another fire that broke out near Havelock.

Helicopters were deployed to Cullens Point, about 10 minutes from where they had been working in the Waikakaho Valley.

The Fire Service said the fire began about 1.30pm after a seagull hit a power line.

Rural fire officer Rob Hands said crews were able to get it under control within two-and-a-half hours.

He said four helicopters and two fire appliances responded to the Cullens Point fire, which although it was small had the potential to get out of hand.

Mr Hands said the Waikakaho Valley forest fire was now about 80 percent controlled.

He said there was a small flare-up last night that slightly hampered things, but he was mostly optimistic.

Good weather was forecast for the next few days and Mr Hands hoped the fire would be under control by Tuesday.

Families who were evacuated were now allowed back into their homes.

About 12 properties were evacuated this week as firefighters battled the large blaze.