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Scrub fire still burning, second helicopter arrives

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New Zealand News | Wednesday February 20 2013 9:49

Scrub fire still burning, second helicopter arrives

Two helicopters and nearly a dozen appliances are now working on a large scrub blaze at Tapora, north of Auckland near Wellsford.

The blaze in the Department of Conservation reserve broke out late last night.

The blaze broke out around 11.00PM last night on a Department of Conservation reserve, when residents from nearby South Head said they could see big flames coming from the area.

Northern fire communications shift manager, Jaron Philips says the fire has now burnt through 11 hectares and more aerial assistance has just arrived.

"A second helicopter has now arrived on the scene, so that is now in operation using monsoon buckets.

"The head of this fire is burning at about 150 metres per hour, so it still hasn't yet been contained."

Jaron Philips says there's a light easterly breeze of about four knots.

Photo: NZ Herald

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