Topic: Environment

Large scrub fire in Poraiti Napier under control

updated By Aroha Treacher
  • North Island: East Coast
Poraiti fire, Napier - Photo / Kat Rumpler

A large vegetation fire in rural Poraiti in Napier is now under control.

Fire services from around Hawke's Bay have been battling the fire since 1:30pm this afternoon.

Regional fire commander Chris Nicholl said firefighters now had the blaze under control and it was well-contained.

"We've been able to stop it spreading any further and it is dying down in places.  But we will be on-site for the next 12-18 hours to make sure it is put out properly and there are no more flare-ups," Mr Nicholl said.

Changing wind conditions had made firefighting difficult and the fire at times changed direction as it moved up the hillside.

Three helicopters using monsoon buckets helped firefighters on the ground to subdue the flames.

Four houses in Oak Rd were evacuated as a precautionary measure and residents are now being allowed back into their homes.

Police were on standby to evacuate more homes in close proximity to the fire if necessary.

Smoke from the fire spread across some Napier suburbs and the central city and prompted numerous calls to police and the Fire Service.  It is not known how the fire started at this stage.

Some fire crews at the blaze had to be diverted to a house fire in the nearby suburb of Tamatea at 3:45pm when a fire started in a car in a carport and spread to the house.

That fire is now out and Fire Service investigators are at the scene.