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New Zealand: Illegal campers caused Glenorchy blaze

(Jan. 11, 2017) -- Glenorchy Road resident Mark Scaife said there had been constant problems with illegal camping and campfires at Rat Point, which was about 300m off the road.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — The fire cut road access to Glenorchy for much of the day, incinerating more than 150 hectares of native grass and bush on steep terrain, as blustering winds approached 100 km/h.

Authorities believe it started at a campsite at Rat Point, and police have requested information about anyone who was in the area last night.

Glenorchy Road resident Mark Scaife said there had been constant problems with illegal camping and campfires at Rat Point, which was about 300m off the road.

Read the full story by Radio New Zealand.

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Rebecca Smith is a Wisconsin native currently living in Illinois with her husband, Eric, and two dogs, Maggie and Grace. She enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and, of course, camping in cabins and park models.

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