Fire and Emergency is making good progress on the Tangoio fire, with a decision on reducing the number of helicopters likely to made this afternoon.
“It is looking positive and we have more favourable weather conditions on the way,” said Incident Controller Trevor Mitchell. “We are getting the fire under control.”
As at 12.30pm today, the fire had burnt through 350 hectares, but with the wind easing that was unlikely to increase.
There are 55 Fire and Emergency firefighters on site, plus support workers and Pan Pac fire staff.
The one home evacuated yesterday remains protected and no further properties are at risk.
Fire and Emergency continued to ask that people stay off Tangoio Settlement Rd.
“It is a very winding, narrow road and we have 30-plus large vehicles including fire trucks and water tankers using it. We do not want sightseers up there,” said Mr Mitchell.
Any travel to Waipatiki should be delayed if at all possible.
Mr Mitchell said the team was very grateful to the Salvation Army, which had its trailer on site to prepare food for the firefighting personnel.
7 January 2020
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