|Kerikeri airport [March 17, 2010]|
The fire which threatened
Kerikeri airport in March wasn't the biggest of the summer - but could
easily have been the most destructive. While the airport was evacuated and
planes hurriedly towed from these hangars, the efforts of 60 ground-based firefighters and five helicopters using monsoon buckets
only damage was to a 50-hectare nature reserve. The blaze started when a
spark from high-voltage power lines dropped onto tinder-dry scrub.