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FRIDAY 7 FEBRUARY 2020

A forestry fire near Tikokino has now been contained.

The fire broke out on Monday afternoon, and has involved many local fire brigades, supported by firefighters from neighbouring districts.

Hawke's Bay Area Fire Commander, Ken Cooper, said a taskforce of 40 from Wellington has arrived to relieve crews.

He said this was to give local firefighters some rest and support over the next few days.

Mr Cooper said crews are also working at smaller incidents around Central Hawke's Bay, who are working on hotspots from previous fires.

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Meanwhile Fire & Emergency NZ is asking landowners to check historic burn sites.

A spokesperson says the current hot, dry and windy conditions have reignited some historic burns.

Fire and Emergency ask anyone that has had a large burn off, pit burn or heavy fuel burn - such as logs or stumps in the past six weeks, to check they are fully extinguished to prevent the risk of a fire flaring up.

Information about reducing the risk of fire is available on the website www.checkitsalright.nz

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It's a big weekend for Backpaddock Lakes at Takapau this weekend.

The venue is hosting a Cable & Boat Wakeboard event, with many of NZ's top wakeboarders travelling from around the country to compete.

A new format for this year allows riders to compete in either cable or boat, or in both disciplines.

Spectators are also encouraged to watch the action over the two days, with Saturday seeing boating action on the main lake at Backpaddock, with cable action on Sunday.

The action will start at 9am both days.