Firefighters hope to put out Chatham Island blaze by end of month

3:21 pm on 9 February 2018

Fire crews working on the massive wildfire on Chatham Island hope to have it fully out by the end of the month.

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. Photo: Supplied / New Zealand Defence Force

The fire broke out more than a week ago and mapping shows it burnt through 2500 hectares of vegetation before being fully contained on Tuesday.

Fire and Emergency's Principal Rural Fire Officer, Craig Cottrill, said firefighters and helicopter pilots had been working 11-hour days to ensure the blaze didn't flare up again.

Crews were using thermal imaging cameras to identify hot spots that needed to be doused with water, Mr Cottrill said.

An investigation into the cause of the blaze was underway, he said.

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