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Residents back as Hastings fire contained

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 13/02/2017

A large fire in rural Hawke's Bay has been contained but will be monitored closely, Hasting District Council says.

The Waimarama fire, which has been burning since Monday, has destroyed one home and 165 hectares of grassland and pine plantation.

Residents in Craggy Range Road and Lopez Lane were allowed back home on Tuesday, but the roads are open only for resident and firefighting vehicles.

"There is still a lot of work to be done dampening down hot spots," incident controller Alison Banks said.

"We need to make sure that fire engines and other heavy machinery have free access to the fire site."

A Civil Defence state of emergency remained in force.

Nine crews and helicopters worked on the fire on Tuesday and by late afternoon firefighters were "comfortable" they had a defendable space around it.

Flare-ups were confined to within the 30-metre fire break that had been bulldozed over the previous 24 hours.

Ms Banks said night crews would remain on site overnight.

She said that, despite this "very good news", residents were urged to remain vigilant as conditions could change quickly.

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