Scrub Fires Near Tawa

Two scrub fires burning near the motorway at Tawa caused the closure of the northbound Tawa off-ramp on State Highway One, and Middleton Road between Tawa and Churton Park this afternoon.

As many as 10 fire appliances were in attendance, and two helicopters ferried water in monsoon buckets from a supply set up nearby.

Commuter rail services were interrupted for a time, and the flight path into Wellington International Airport was adjusted to the east while the helicopters were operating.

Fire Services attended a scrub fire in a park near Linden last night, and a bigger blaze in scrub which spread to a pine plantation near Upper Hutt.

Fire danger in the area has risen to moderate after several hot days, and 7 days without rain.

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