Rural fire officers winched from a helicopter into dense bush have succeeded in preventing a potential disastrous blaze on Kapiti Island.
It’s thought the blaze may have been started by a lightning strike in a thunderstorm last Thursday, then smouldered before breaking out again today.The Paraparaumu Fire Brigade say a rural fire crew and DOC workers were taken to the isolated spot and then winched into dense bush to fight the blaze with equipment which was also winched in.
They flew to Kapiti Island from Paraparaumu Airport in a Helipro helicopter which was later used to carry monsoon buckets with water to dampen the blaze, which was finally brought under control late this afternoon.
The brigade say luckily the fire was confined to an area of about five square metres. Burnt ash indicated it had been smouldering for some time.
Another lucky aspect, the brigade says, is that the fire took place now rather than in the tinder-dry months in the New Year.
DOC workers will be flown back to the ridge at first light tomorrow morning to check on the fire site.