4 Dec 2011

Rain comes to aid of Far North firefighters

2:19 pm on 4 December 2011

Rain is helping firefighters dealing with the smouldering remains of the Far North scrub fire that destroyed three houses and led indirectly to the death of two men in a helicopter crash.

Up to 40 millimetres of rain is forecast for the area on Sunday.

The National Rural Fire Authority's incident controller, Bryan Jensen, says one fire crew is patrolling the area, after firefighters used bulldozers on Saturday to expose hot-spots ahead of the rain.

The fire has burnt a large area of scrub on the Karikari Peninsula. The two men who died in the helicopter crash were on a search and rescue operation shortly after the fire started.

Mr Jensen says the rain will "dampen the area down nicely" and enable a flyover with infra-red cameras on Monday to locate any remaining hot spots that aren't visible from on the ground.