3 Dec 2019

Several fires rage in New Caledonia

4:00 pm on 3 December 2019

Bushfires in New Caledonia keep burning across much of the country in what is feared to be the most devastating season since 2001.

A grass fire between Queenstown and Arrowtown has been tackled.

Photo: Photo / AFP

Nineteen square kilometres of vegetation has been burning near Noumea since the weekend - reportedly after drunk people started a barbecue in defiance of a fire ban.

Dozens of fire fighters have been deployed as well as helicopters to contain the blaze as it threatens farms.

The affected area, near Mont-Dore, provides the sources of about a third of New Caledonia's drinking water.

Large fires are burning in several locations in the north of the main island while a fire on the Isle of Pines has been brought under control after days.

So far, about 300 square kilometres of vegetation has been burnt since the middle of September.

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