Hanmer Tracks Closed Fire Risk

Postby Melissa_Theuriau on Tue 27/Jan/09 8:35am

Mountain bike tracks around Hanmer Springs have been closed due to extreme fire risk. Two large fires this month have already razed hectares of land.

Soaring temperatures over the past week have meant that the already dangerous fire conditions in the Hanmer Springs Forest area have now reached a critical level.

The “Heritage Area” of the forest has become dangerously dry and has now closed its gates to public access. This serious precaution follows the closing of access to neighbouring Ngai Tahu and Department of Conservation forests last week.

The only walkway remaining open is the one by the DOC Centre known as the Woodlands Walk. The adjoining woodlands ponds and picnic site also remain open at this stage.

There is a red flag flying in the Village centre that indicates that the forest tracks are closed because of the extreme fire danger. The flag will remain in place until the dangerous conditions become favourable again.

Principal Rural Fire Officer, Brennan Wiremu, is advising anyone who is unsure which area is open to get directions from the i-SITE Visitor Centre beside the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and spa (phone 315-0020), or to phone the Hurunui District Council on 314-8816.


More information from the Stuff website:
http://www.stuff.co.nz/thepress/4829931a19753.html wrote:More recreation tracks are being closed in rare fire-safety measures after a second big blaze at Hanmer Springs.

The Hurunui District Council yesterday closed tracks in the Hanmer Springs Forest area, leaving only the Woodlands Walk open.

The precaution taken for the first time in at least 10 years follows the closure of access to neighbouring Ngai Tahu and Department of Conservation forests last week.

Yesterday's fire burnt more than 16 hectares of land west of the Hanmer Springs township.

It was brought under control by three helicopters and fire crews from Hanmer Springs, Culverden, Waiau and Waipara, as well as four volunteer parties.

Hurunui District Council principal rural fire officer Brennan Wiremu said the fire was under control, but embers and tree stumps could catch alight if the wind got up.

The fire was on a par with a fire at Glynn Wye Station on New Year's Day. That fire took five days to stamp out.

"There is a total fire ban here," Wiremu said Only gas barbecues were permitted.

The terrain was "tinder dry".

"Some of the experienced firefighters here will tell you that these are the hottest and driest conditions that they have seen for many years," he said
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Re: Hanmer Tracks Closed Fire Risk

Postby grahamt on Tue 27/Jan/09 8:49am

Bugger! - Just talked the wife into a weekend in Hanmer :crazy:

Found this too - its the Hurunui Council media release. The Council are only responsible for the Heritage Forest, which is the lower areas around Dogstream/ Conical Hill, etc (generally bits south of Pawsons Road) . However DOC and Ngai Tahu who are responsible for the balance of the forest apparently closed their areas last week too.
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Re: Hanmer Tracks Closed Fire Risk

Postby Tama on Tue 27/Jan/09 8:54am

grahamt wrote:Found this too - its the Hurunui Council media release.
Thanks for that Graham - I've added it to the original post and will slap it on the homepage.
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Re: Hanmer Tracks Closed Fire Risk

Postby dh_winner on Thu 26/Feb/09 8:12pm

Does anyone know if the tracks reopened? Weve had a pretty good sprinking in chch over the last week or two.
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Re: Hanmer Tracks Closed Fire Risk

Postby grahamt on Thu 26/Feb/09 9:04pm

Yes they are open again - my brother was up there in the weekend and tracks were mint - been raining lots since though :crazy:
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Re: Hanmer Tracks Closed Fire Risk

Postby dh_winner on Fri 27/Feb/09 8:12am

awesome. cheers
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