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Central fire crews to the rescue

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Alexia Anderson

03 March 2024, 2:56 AM

Central fire crews to the rescueFire crews are keeping busy across parts of Central. PHOTO: File

A fire in a roof, a vegetation fire and a medical event have been keeping some Central Otago fire crews busy this weekend.

Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) received a call to a vegetation fire at Moa Creek at about 11.15am today, which a crew from Dunstan and Omakau attended.

A FENZ spokesperson said a motox event was taking place at the location at the time.

The crew also received another callout while enroute to the same location following a medical event.

The spokesperson said event organisers had almost extinguished the fire themselves and a medical team were also on site to assist the person in need of medical care.

“We went out to assist the people at the site there and then there was a medical event, but they had backup.”

He praised the event’s organisers for having emergency procedures in place.

At 11.20am a crew from Alexandra attended a roof fire at a Bridge Hill address.

“Our crews got to work with some equipment to extinguish the fire [which was] suppressed within about 15 minutes.”

Although there has been some rain in parts of Central Otago in the past 48 hours, the district remains in a prohibited fire season, which means a total ban on open-air fires, and all previously granted fire permits are suspended.

The district is also under a strong wind watch.

MetService has issued a warning, stating northwest winds could approach severe gale in exposed places from 10pm tonight (Sunday) until 5am tomorrow.

Read more: Central now in prohibited fire season

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