Friday, 17 February 2017

Community battles as fires push crews to breaking point

It was a worst case scenario for fire crews and residents as the two fires merged in to one.

The flames were unstoppable as crews fought hard to save homes and lives in a dangerous battle - and Tai Tapu locals banded together to form their own community defence to the fire. The fire ripped back through Early Valley on Wednesday night, taking out a homestead and wipe out refined land. Strong winds accelerated  the flames overnight. THe blaze moved closer to other houses as it destroyed just under 2000 hectares in its path.

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