Big vegetation fire off Waikawa Beach Road, Friday 15 March 2024

Burned hillside, with smoke and some flame.
Photo at 7.30 pm of the almost quenched fire, supplied by a reader.

On Friday 15 March 2024 a huge fire broke out, apparently in gorse, at a property just north of Waikawa Beach Road. Crews at vegetation fire in Horowhenua | RNZ News:

Fire and Emergency was alerted to the fire on Waikawa Beach Road about 4pm.

At its peak, the fire was burning over an area of 800 by 500 metres and nine crews from Ōtaki, Levin, Te Horo and Wellington were in attendance.

Two helicopters with monsoon buckets have been stood down for the night.

The nine crews were expected to continue work overnight.

Thick black smoke and flames from a vegetation fire.
RNZ photo: Smoke from a vegetation fire on Waikawa Beach Road in Horowhenua, seen from a neighbouring property. Photo: Caroline Beaufort-Puna.

One witness said it was bigger than the burn-off fire at the end of Walkers Lane on 02 November 2023.

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