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15 February 2017

Lighter than forecast winds yesterday were “extremely helpful” in the fight to put out three large fires in Hastings yesterday. This morning the Waimarama fire is contained but being closely monitored. Full crews remain on site, putting out hot spots. People living in the areas of the fires are being asked to remain prepared to self-evacuate if necessary, said Hastings District Council local emergency controller Craig Cameron. The Civil Defence Emergency status remains in place until further notice, as wind shifts expected today which could potentially change the situation. Residents may still see smoke from within the fire’s perimeter, however any flare ups are confined to within the 30km fire breaks the fire services have put in place. All homeowners evacuated over the last few days were allowed to return home by last night. Welfare officers are working with the homeowners who lost their house to the fire. The welfare centre in Havelock North was closed last night with people needing help asked to contact (06) 871 5000. 

15 February 2017

Lighter than forecast winds yesterday were “extremely helpful” in the fight to put out three large fires in Hastings yesterday. This morning the Waimarama fire is contained but being closely monitored. Full crews remain on site, putting out hot spots. People living in the areas of the fires are being asked to remain prepared to self-evacuate if necessary, said Hastings District Council local emergency controller Craig Cameron.  The Civil Defence Emergency status remains in place until further notice, as wind shifts expected today which could potentially change the situation. Residents may still see smoke from within the fire’s perimeter, however any flare ups are confined to within the 30km fire breaks the fire services have put in place.

14 February 2017

​People are continuing to take foolish risks with fire in Hastings despite the complete fire ban – and despite the devastation that fire has caused across the district over the last few days. Two outdoor rubbish fires were put out today by fire crews. “Any fire in these conditions is putting people’s lives at risk. We have had a family lose their home and people very nearly caught out trying to evacuate,” said Hastings District Council Civil Defence Emergency Management controller Craig Cameron. “It’s frustrating that in these incredibly dry conditions, which are described as the worst in at least 20 years, some people are still do not getting the message."

14 February 2017

Residents in Craggy Range Road and Lopez Lane have been allowed back home tonight but the roads are only open for people who live on them and firefighting vehicles. The Waimarama fire, which has been burning since Monday, has destroyed one home and 165 hectares of grassland and pine plantation. As at 5.30pm today, the fires are considered to be contained however they are being monitored closely. A Hastings Civil Emergency status remains in force. Residents in Craggy Range Rd and Lopez Ln were pleased to be able to return to their homes today. But for safety reasons the two roads are likely to be closed for three days to enable fire trucks free access without having to worry about “rubberneckers”, said Hastings District Council incident controller Alison Banks.

14 February 2017

Crews fighting a large fire in Waimarama Road are making good progress in containing the blaze. A Civil Defence Emergency remains in place in the Hastings District after several fires burnt yesterday. There is now a limited threat of the Waimarama Road fire spreading any further. The blaze has now been contained as a result of significant work from helicopters with monsoon buckets, bulldozers and fire crews working hard to reinforce the containment line. The fire is still burning and work continues to extinguish it, however fire crews say the blaze is now travelling very slowly and there is a reduced threat to local homes. The team responding to the Hastings District fires is extremely grateful to the large number of people who are assisting with the firefighting efforts.

14 February 2017

A Civil Defence emergency remains in place in the Hastings District this morning as fire crews are out again fighting several fires around the Hastings District. The main concern is the Waimarama Road fire, which continues to burn strongly and only 50% contained at this stage.  There is 200 hectares of pine trees nearby and a firebreak has been bulldozed overnight in an attempt to stop it spreading into the trees. Since daylight helicopters using monsoon buckets have been continuing to fight the fire and prevent it spreading. Waimarama Road is open but Craggy Range Road (off Tukituki Road) and Lopez Lane remains closed.There are 37 people still out of their homes from Craggy Range Road. Fires in Colin White Road, Ripia Stream, Te Hauke, and Endsleigh Road are contained but fire crews continue to monitor them and dealing with flare ups where required. Eight helicopters are being used to help fight the fires. The main concern to residents near the fire zone is an expected change in wind direction later today, which could fan smouldering embers and push the fire front in a new direction.

13 February 2017

Eight fire crews will continue to monitor the Waimarama Fire overnight, concentrating mainly on ensuring buildings are protected.Hastings Civil Defence staff worked until 10pm on Monday night, and will resume at 7am Tuesday morning. The main concern to residents near the fire zone will be a change to wind direction on Tuesday morning, which could fan smouldering embers and push the fire front into a new direction. Waimarama Road re-opened to the public at 6pm on Monday night. Craggy Range Road (off Tukituki Road) and Lopez Lane remain closed. Thirty-seven people were evacuated from 20 houses, while residents earlier evacuated from 23 homes on the Waimarama side of the fire were given clearance to return home from 6pm Monday night. Power was restored to all but eight houses at 7pm on Monday night. Cellphone signal sites operating on separate power supply are unlikely to return to mains power until Tuesday morning.

13 February 2017

Homes in the Craggy Range Rd area have been evacuated as the fire in Waimarama Rd changes direction involving 37 people from 20 houses. All the evacuees have elected to stay with friends or relatives About 23 homes on the Waimarama side of the fire evacuated earlier in the day will be allowed to return to their home from 6pm. The road into Waimarama has just been opened (6pm) but Craggy Range is now closed (from the corner of Tukituki and Craggy Range Rd) until further notice. Power is still off to the area, which includes Ocean Beach, Maraetotara and Waimamara. However a generator is on its way to backup the water supply pumping systems.

13 February 2017

A State of Emergency was declared in the Hastings district this afternoon, in the wake of a number of dangerous rural fires.

The main concern is a fire on Waimarama Road. The fire has destroyed one home and is threatening others. Several homes have been evacuated.

13 February 2017

A State of Emergency was  declared in the Hastings district this afternoon, in the wake of a number of dangerous rural fires. The main concern is a fire on Waimarama Road. The fire has destroyed one home and is threatening others. Several homes have been evacuated. Waimarama Road is closed and is being used as a firebreak, however police are allowing vehicles out from the affected around. No one is being allowed into the area. Power has been turned off to Waimarama and Ocean Beach as a precaution with 707 properties affected. Residents in the affected area are being asked to conserve water, and a complete outdoor watering ban has been imposed. This is to ensure there is enough water in the reservoirs for drinking and to fight fires. Schools in the area were notified and a number of school buses carrying children have left the area

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