Residents of Kaimaumau in the Far North have been evacuated as a huge scrub fire threatens their homes for a second time. The order to evacuate came from Fire and Emergency NZ incident controller John Sutton just after 2pm today.
He instructed the settlement’s roughly 30 families to leave immediately with a change of clothing and assemble at Waiharara School on State Highway 1. One firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation suffered during this afternoon’s flare-up.
He was also taken to the evacuation centre where he was treated by St John Ambulance medics. The school had previously been used as a base for helicopter firefighting operations. The helicopter base is now being shifted back to a farm off Srhoj Rd where the choppers operated from in the first days of the fire.
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