The fire west of Dargaville burning in wetlands is continuing to produce large amounts of smoke, and will do for at least the next three days.
Fire and Emergency Assistant Commander Denis Cooper says 20 firefighters are at the scene each day trying to limit the amount of smoke being produced, but because it is burning in wetlands and deep in very large tree stumps, it is very difficult to extinguish.
“The fire has been contained and we are working hard to reduce the amount of smoke being produced by this fire, but we expect smoke will still be present in the area until at least Thursday.
“We want to thank everyone in the surrounding area for their patience during this time.”
Nearby residents who may be affected by the smoke should, as much as possible, close windows and doors and reduce outdoor exercise. Residents are advised to call Healthline on 0800 611 116 if they have any related health concerns or experience any respiratory difficulties as a result of smoke.