Rural Fire Service Works Late

Crews from the Rural Fire Service were working late tonight, damping down hot spots in the fire south of Tawa.

Just after 6-30 p.m. fresh crews were leaving their base at Tawa to carry out clean-up work, and a tired-looking crew passed me in their truck on Main Road just after 9 o’clock on their way back to base.

Thanks folks. The work you do as volunteers is much appreciated.

I suspect that, after three large fires in two nights, you’d like a rest. Fine misty rain is occasionally falling, but the temperature still sits on 20°C with 86% humidity. Uncomfortable for us lounge lizards, but even worse for fire-fighters in all their kit. Not only do they have to work in such uncomfortable conditions, but it does little to reduce the chance of a flare-up.

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