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.