23 Feb 2013

Arborists called in to help at Northland fire

3:07 pm on 23 February 2013

Arborists have been called in to help firefighters get closer to a smouldering blaze in Northland.

The fire began in Tapora on the Okahukura Peninsula on Tuesday night and burned through 90 hectares of scrub before dozens of firefighters were able to contain it.

Auckland Council principal rural fire officer Bryan Cartelle said most of the work in the past few days has been along firebreaks on the outer edges of the area.

He said firefighters have been restricted by dangerous trees which are either unstable or have burning roots and could fall.

Mr Cartelle says the arborists will assess the trees and remove them if needed, hopefully allowing the firefighters to move deeper into the area.