On Thursday 11th Jan at 3pm a fire started across the road. This was northlands biggest fire for quite awhile and was featured on One News and on Newshub on 3.
It quickly spread to eventually cover 130 hectares of bush. Four helicopters were brought in with monsoon buckets and a lot of firemen and fire vehicles were involved. Luckily there is a large river and a dam very close to the fire, which made the turn around trips for the helicopters, so much quicker.
The fire carried on burning over night. We had a birds eye view of the whole scene. We spent a lot of the night watching it burn, just sitting on the deck and listening to the crackling sound, as the fire reached the ridge and then went over to the next valleys.
The whole experience was really fascinating.
The last 3 photos were taken the following 2 days.