29 Aug 2009

Scrub fire site near Dunedin being checked

6:57 pm on 29 August 2009

Rural fire fighters will use a thermal imaging camera to make sure a week-long burnoff near Dunedin does not get out of control for a third time.

The fire began as a permitted burn-off on private land at Waipori, but strong and changeable winds on Friday pushed the blaze through its controlled borders for a second time, into debris left over from forestry logging.

Thirty firefighters and four helicopters were used to bring the 80-hectare fire under control. Department of Conservation firefighters monitored the site on Friday night.

Dunedin's principal rural fire officer, Graeme Still, says the infrared camera being brought in on Saturday will be used to go make sure no hotspots have been missed.

He says it's been a difficult and expensive fire to contain, and all costs will be charged to the land owner.