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More fires near Taylor River in Blenheim

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 14/01/2017

There's been two more fires on the banks of the Taylor River in Blenheim near where a fire was put out on Saturday and firefighters say they're all arson.

The fires on Sunday afternoon were near to the go-kart track and riding for disabled grounds.

"Luckily crews were on hand and their quick reaction meant the fires were contained very quickly, in winds of over 50km/h," says Richard McNamara, the district's principal fire officer.

Volunteer firefighters are patrolling the three fire locations on Sunday night to keep an eye on hotspots.

The area is dry and a fire ban is in place. Temperatures have been as high as 30degC on Sunday and it's been windy.

Firefighters and helicopter pilots did well to contain the fires quickly, Mr McNamara said.

Earlier police released an image of a person seen in the area but later said they had been eliminated from the investigation.

Access to some of the areas where there have been fires is still limited and members of the public are being urged not to go to Wither Hills Farm Park during the hottest parts of the day.

It took 30 firefighters and six helicopters to put out the fire near Westmount School on Saturday evening.

On Sunday a heavy duty grader was used to scrape off the dry grass to create a bare earth break and minimise the risk of hotspots spreading.

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