Police and emergency services staff responded to both a large bush fire on a farm property near Rotorua and a large shelter belt blaze near the Te Puke highway around 2pm and 3pm yesterday. A police spokeswoman said police were alerted at 3.02pm to the fire on State Highway 30 between Bryce and Apirana Rds.
Fire and Emergency New Zealand personnel were on the scene, and due to it being quite windy in the area, the road was being reduced down to one lane, she said. Downers were assisting with traffic management and motorists should expect delays.
Fire and Emergency NZ shift manager Kaisey Cook said there were three fire appliances and two water tankers on the scene of the 30m by 50m blaze. Firefighters from Rotorua and Lake Okareka stations were working to put out the fire which was on a farm near Bryce Rd, she said. Cook said the cause of the fire was unknown and there had been no reports of any risk to any nearby structures.
Meanwhile, firefighters from Maketū and Te Puke stations are working to put out a shelterbelt fire on a farm in Gulliver Rd, Paengaroa near Te Puke Highway, she said. Cook said the fire service was called at 2.20pm and three fire appliances and two tankers from Maketū and Te Puke were on the scene of the 300m by 30m blaze.