5 Feb 2018

Chatham Islands blaze not yet fully contained

6:13 pm on 5 February 2018

The massive fire on the Chatham Islands may take several more days to contain, Fire and Emergency says.

Images taken from a Royal New Zealand C-130 of a bush fire on the Chatham Islands. The images were taken in order to inform New Zealand Fire And Emergency of what will be required to subdue the blaze.

Images taken from a Royal New Zealand C-130 of a bush fire on the Chatham Islands. The images were taken in order to inform New Zealand Fire And Emergency of what will be required to subdue the blaze. Photo: Supplied / New Zealand Defence Force

The fire broke out on Thursday and has burnt through around 3000 hectares.

Principal Rural Fire Officer Craig Cottrill said he expected it to be fully contained in the next day or two, but it could take two weeks until it was completely extinguished.

Department of Conservation staff were helping Fire and Emergency crews to secure the boundary of the fire, which was about one kilometre from conservation land.

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Mr Cottrill said volunteers, Department of Conservation, and Chatham Island Council staff had all helped tackle the blaze.

One fire investigator was already at the scene, and another was expected to arrive tomorrow to start a thorough investigation.