The fire service received a call to a vegetation blaze about 2pm, but pulled crews out of the remote spot at nightfall on Monday. Crews will return at first light, but the fire could burn for weeks, Eastern and Central North Island rural fire authority manager Paul Baker said. "In the kind of drought conditions we have got everything is so dry in the forest that something like this could be burning or smouldering for weeks." No homes are at risk, Baker said. "It's too remote for that. [There are no homes] for many kilometres." It is understood there's no threat to wildlife who will "move off" Baker said.
The fire is in a forest in Ripia, a catchment between Hastings and Taupo in "rough hill country" in Hawke's Bay, Baker said. It's about 65km north-west of Napier, near the State Highway 5 trunkline to Taupo.
BUSH BLAZE: Fire crews are back out at a Manuka and beech forest fire which started yesterday afternoon.
No one has been injured in the fire. It remains unclear how the blaze began.