Monday, November 5, 2018

A fire that engulfed about five hectares of pine forest southwest of Lake Hawea on Friday was finally declared out and all-safe late yesterday morning.

Four Fire and Emergency New Zealand crews spent the weekend containing spot fires and monitoring the forest on the slopes of Mount Maude, near Wanaka.

The massive blaze is believed to have started by the roadside near Capell Avenue, the turn-off into Lake Hawea near State Highway 6.

An investigation into the cause is ongoing, but a Fenz spokesman says the fire is believed to have been started by fireworks.

Fenz is requesting any photographs or video of the fire in its early stages be emailed to them.

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