On Sunday, March 4, local firefighters attended a large bush fire at Whale Bay after multiple calls were made to emergency services at around 12.30pm.

Originally covering an area of 50sqm, the fire very quickly spread to about 150sqm. This fire was significant in size and one of three bush fires that the local fire brigade have attended in the past week.

While no one was injured and no buildings damaged, over nine firefighting units battled the flames for over two hours to bring it under control. Raglan Volunteer Fire Brigade were supported by neighbouring units from Kawhia, Te Akau and Ngaruawahia.

Kevin Holmes, Raglan volunteer fire brigade chief fire officer, said in a message on Facebook,

“No doubt you would have all seen today’s fire at Manu Bay. This was a significant fire and the third bush fire the Raglan Fire Brigade have attended in the past seven days. We have spent on average, five hours at each of these fires, thankfully assisted by neighbouring brigades from Kawhia, Te Akau and Ngaruawahia.

“There is a restricted fire season in force which means ANY open air fire other than a BBQ, cultural fire (hangi) or brazier needs a permit! Each year we see homes amongst bush areas lost to wildfires overseas.

“The threat here is VERY real. Today’s fire could have been catastrophic for the home owners in Manu Bay and Whale Bay. Fire is fast, very fast and there is a REAL risk in our rural and bush clad areas so please be careful.”

Kevin suggests that if in doubt, visit this website for more information: www.checkitsalright.nz.