FIRE on THE HILL
On my way to the Afternoon After School Session yesterday, starting at 3 o’clock, there was a hustle and bustle of cars at the turnoff. A fire engine and firemen were busy with their water hoses extinguishing a fire at the bottom of the hill.
The hill before the fire. The home on the right was in the way of the flames.
I turned right, on my way to school. Arriving at school, there was chaos.
Children were shouting and running around. I looked at the hill and saw this huge fire burning on the slopes. Smoke billowed up. The wind blew the flames up the hill. There was no stop at all. One on top of the hill was in the way of the flames. We were terrified.
Two helicopters came with their water buckets. Every 5 minutes one opened and tried their best to put the fire out.
In the meantime, I took some of the children to the swimming pool. We could see how the helicopter’s emptied their bucket. It took them three hours to put it out.
Some of the younger children were very scared. They cried and thought the fire would reach us. Luckily here is a river and a road between the school and the hill.
State Highway was closed till after six that evening. Parents had to take a back road to get to the school. I also had to use the back road. There was a real traffic jam from Te Marua into Upper Hutt.
What a dangerous adventure!