Taupō fire “80 percent” under control, says FENZ – Archyde

The large bushfire on Rickit Street in Taupō has been almost entirely extinguished, with only 20 percent remaining, Fire and Emergency says.

Fire and Emergency began responding to a rapidly expanding bushfire on Rickit Street around 5pm, with police helping to evacuate residents.

Around 6 p.m. the fire had covered an area of ​​500 by 500 meters, eight fire engines and a helicopter were on site.

Shift supervisor Daniel Nicholson said the helicopter departed at 9pm and all roadblocks had been lifted and people were allowed to return to their homes if they left. He said 80 percent of the fire has been extinguished, and some hotspots remain manageable.

Taupō resident Emma Cook said she had never seen anything like the great bushfire near Rickit Street.

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Taupō resident Emma Cook said she had never seen anything like the great bushfire near Rickit Street.

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He said a fire investigator will be on site Sunday morning to begin investigating how the fire started.

Some firefighters will stay overnight to deal with the hotspots and more teams will arrive at dawn on Sunday to continue to help. It is unclear whether a helicopter will return on Sunday.

Nicholson said the fire has been contained at its largest area, 500 by 500 meters, and so far no structural damage has been reported.

Police urged the public to avoid the area near the sewage treatment plant and cemetery while the fire was brought under control.

A police spokeswoman said that residents of a nursing home were evacuated while fighting the fire.

Emma Cook, a resident nearby, said the air was thick with smoke when the fire broke out around 5pm, but had cleared significantly two hours later.

The hill was “completely black” and some hotspots were still igniting, she said, but the helicopter was able to extinguish the fires from above.

“Many of the trees and bushes are completely black, all burned away. It’s pretty hectic.”

Rickit Street in Taupō was temporarily evacuated due to a vegetation fire.

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Rickit Street in Taupō was temporarily evacuated due to a vegetation fire.

She said the weather in Taupō on Saturday was extremely hot and dry and quite windy.

“Because the wind is blowing towards the sea, all the smoke goes straight into the city. We hardly had any rain, so I’m not surprised that it came up so quickly.

“It’s kind of a sun trap down by the river, and when it gets really hot in here, it dries up completely.”

Cook said firefighters were “relentless” in trying to get the blaze under control.

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