20 Aug 2016

Massive New Caledonia bushfire is extinguished

7:08 pm on 20 August 2016

Authorities in New Caledonia say a massive bushfire that burned through 1,000 hectares in the past four days has been extinguished.

The fire, on Art Island in the territory's north, has caused power and communications outages in the area, and threatened sensitive bush area.

The territory's civil security department says more than 300 airdrops of water have been made by helicopters, but rain in the past 24-hours has helped to completely extinguish the fire.