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HomeAus & NZFirefighters tackling fire near bike trails on Coronet Peak

Firefighters tackling fire near bike trails on Coronet Peak

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Firefighters have contained a vegetation fire at Long Gully near Coronet Peak. Fire crews and helicopters were called to Coronet Peak last night to battle the blaze on Skippers Road. "We are using helicopters to knock down the active fire while conditions are in our favour this morning, and ground crews will be working to secure the perimeter along the Skippers Road and extinguish hotspots."

Firefighters have contained a vegetation fire at Long Gully near Coronet Peak.

Fire crews and helicopters were called to Coronet Peak last night to battle the blaze on Skippers Road.

The fire has burnt through about 12 hectares of retired high country farmland, that includes a large area of dead wilding pines.

Ground crews are continuing to work on hotspots with the support of two helicopters.

Two fire investigators have also gone to the scene to investigate the fire’s cause.

Incident controller Nic McQuillan said few flames were now visible, but the ground remained hot and crews were working to cool it down to prevent it re-igniting when forecast winds arrive this afternoon.

Incident controller Mark Mawhinney said firefighters resumed their work at Long Gully this morning and expected to continue fighting the blaze into the weekend.

“We’re pretty comfortable with where we’re at, we’ve got three helicopters and four ground crews and we don’t think the perimeter’s going to spread any further.

“But it’s still early days so while we’re confident we are still cautious.”

Mawhinney said although conditions were favourable this morning, the blaze was close to multiple bike trails.

“We are using helicopters to knock down the active fire while conditions are in our favour this morning, and ground crews will be working to secure the perimeter along the Skippers Road and extinguish hotspots.”

A 10-day mountainbike festival is set to start in Queenstown today, but Mawhinney has warned cyclists to stay away from the fire.

The moutainbike trails close to the fire include the Skippers Pack Track, which is affected by the fire, the Coronet Loop below Greengate Saddle, the Pack Track and Sack Trail and Atleys Terrace Track.

The Skippers Road remains closed today.

Mawhinney has also reminded people

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