Marton chief fire officer Kevin Darling wants to work with young people to educate them about the risks of starting fires.
A spate of fires in a Rangitīkei town may have been sparked by youths, a fire chief says.
The Marton and Bulls volunteer fire brigades were called to extinguish about five suspicious fires in Marton Park just after 3am on Wednesday.
The fires burned on the roadside and across the park. Nearby residents reported young people were seen running from the area before emergency services arrived.
The fires were extinguished before causing serious damage, but the consequences could have been much worse, Marton’s chief fire officer Kevin Darling said.
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Police searched the park and were still