Fire shows danger still there

Fire shows danger still there

Helicopters with monsoon buckets supported ground crews to contain a fire that began on the side of the Moutere Highway last Wednesday afternoon.   The four crews and five helicopters had a busy time in windy conditions but successfully brought the fire, which at...
Forestry company still assessing cost

Forestry company still assessing cost

Matt McCrorie   One of the companies really feeling the heat of the Pigeon Valley fires is Tasman Pine. The company owns 60 per cent of the plantations lost in the Pigeon valley forest fires, which is roughly 1400 hectares out of the 2343ha burnt. Chief operating...
Hot conditions, warm winds fan fire risk

Hot conditions, warm winds fan fire risk

Matt McCrorie The Nelson Tasman area is now experiencing a prohibited fire season, with a total ban on all open air fires. This follows high temperatures, high wind and lack of rain throughout the region. The increasing heat is a big factor in fire risk at this time...