Sunday, February 21, 2010

Lucia Titahi Bay fire just north of Wellington

On our drive home tonight from Wellington, we noticed what looked like a huge rain cloud as we approached Mana (at about 8:50pm). But rather than being a rain cloud, we realised very quickly it was smoke we were travelling through. And then on our left we saw the fire as the traffic slowed down to a crawl.

As we watched, what looked like a small fire from our side on top of the hill, raced south along the top. It was really spectacular, but quite shocking to see. I've not seen anything like it since I lived in Sydney.

And wouldn't you know it, the reason the traffic was crawling along all the way to Mana, was a series of road work cones directing the traffic into a single lane. Not a road crew in sight.

Related link: Many evacuated after blaze north of Wgtn ~ TVNZ

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