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Matakana blaze now under control

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 14/12/2016

Firefighters have brought a fire north of Auckland under control with three appliances to monitor it overnight.

Earlier a number of Matakana residents were evacuated as more than 70 firefighters, 17 crews and two helicopters battled the out of control burn-off, which jumped across Wright Road.

The crews initially began tackling the pine forest blaze just after 2.30pm but had to evacuate due to a sudden wind change.

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