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Firefighters spent hours battling a vegetation fire on a property on Porangahau Road yesterday.

The first fire crews were called just after 4pm, with the fire going to a fourth alarm a short time later meaning help was called in from Hastings and an incident support vehicle from Napier also called to the scene.

Waipukurau Deputy Fire Chief Glen Millar said high winds meant helicopters could not be used.

The fire was on a property between Wilder Road and Old Hill Road.

The Waipukurau Brigade was also called to two other vegetation fires yesterday - one to Maharakeke Road, where they had previously been called twice, and to a small a fire on the grounds of CHB College.


There were two earthquakes felt locally yesterday.

The first was located 10km north-west of Porangahau at 1.20pm.

It was 11km deep, and measured 2.3.

The second was just after 10.30 last night measuring 4.5.

It was located 25km south of Hastings with a depth of 18km.


Fire and Emergency NZ has implemented a Restricted Fire Season for rural areas of Hawke's Bay, including Central Hawke's Bay.

Permits will be required for the likes of campfires, bonfires, land clearing burns and burning old piles of slash on properties.

Permits can be applied for by going to the website checkitsalright.nz or by calling Fire and Emergency NZ on 0800 658 628.

The Restricted Fire Season does not apply to the urban towns of Waipukurau and Waipawa.

All areas of Tararua are in an open fire season.