Update: 3.30pm A forestry and scrub fire in the Lower Kaimais that started on Friday night has now been contained.

“All the fire and emergency appliances have left and it’s now in the hands of private forestry crews,” says Fire Emergency NZ shift manager Kaisey Cook.

Fire Emergency NZ – FENZ – received a call at about 7.10pm on Friday night about a fire burning in the area between SH29 and Ruahihi Rd.

“On arrival we found the fire to be inaccessible by ground. It was too dark and we couldn’t send a helicopter.

“We had someone keep a keen eye on it overnight and at first light this morning we had a helicopter head there.”

One FENZ command unit remained on site during the morning dealing with the helicopter, says Kaisey.

“We left at about 11.30am. There are now no Fire and Emergency crews left on site. The fire is contained and there are forestry crews on site damping down hot spots and keeping an eye on it. They will also be back there again tomorrow.”

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