12 Jan 2018

Investigation continues into cause of bushfires in New Caledonia

3:32 pm on 12 January 2018

Firefighters in New Caledonia are trying to establish what caused the huge bushfires which have ravaged the south of the main island.

firefighter with hose

Photo: 123RF

A total of three fires erupted south of Noumea, with one near Mont-Dore destroying about 700 hectares of vegetation.

The fires' intensity forced dozens of people to leave their homes as a precaution.

A retirement home with its 70 residents was also evacuated.

At one stage the blaze threatened a mining site where 20,000 litres of fuel are being stored.

Traffic has been affected and a main road has been closed.