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Not after dark

Flames and smoke poured into the night sky at Matawhero last night.

Fire and Emergency NZ sent appliances and a tanker to a property on the corner of Bloomfield and Bushmere Roads at around 7pm.

“The flames billowed over the nearby shelter belt and powerlines,” a witness said.

A senior firefighter said it was a controlled burnoff of green waste and it was contained.

“But it was burning after dark, which is a no-no, and in strong winds,” he said.

“We had a talk to the property owner about it.”

A rural fire crew put the fire out.

Picture by Roger Handford