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Update on fire near Tikokino

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Fire and Emergency New Zealand continues to work on containing a fire just north of Tikokino.

State Highway 50 remains closed.

Crews have been working on the fire since about 5pm on Monday. The fire flared up again in the early hours of this morning because of strong winds.

Area Commander Ken Cooper says people should stay away from the area.

The fire has burnt more than 10 hectares of farm and forestry land.

There are currently 40 firefighters, 10 appliances and five helicopters working on the fire and heavy machinery building containment lines.

The cause of the fire is not known at this stage and will only be determined after fire investigators have carried out an investigation.

One property has had to be evacuated and two are on stand-by to evacuate. No other houses are at risk.

5 February 2020

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