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Tikokino fire update three, 1.50pm

Fire 2

Fire and Emergency New Zealand is continuing to fight the fire at Tikokino in Hawke's Bay, with 30 firefighters on the ground plus five helicopter crews working on containing the fire’s perimeter. 

Area Commander Ken Cooper said State Highway 50 just north of Tikokino remained closed but he expected it to re-open later this afternoon.

Mr Cooper said the situation was looking positive.

“The current weather conditions are more favourable than what we’ve been dealing with over the last couple of days,” he said.

“The drop in temperature and wind speed has made conditions a little less difficult for our crews.

“We are slowly getting the fire under control.”

Crews are likely to monitor the fire overnight.

The one home evacuated this morning remains protected and no further properties are at risk.

Mr Cooper said the team was very grateful to the Salvation Army, which had its trailer on site to prepare food for the firefighting personnel.

3 March 2020

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