Bush fire erupts in Helensville

Author
NZ Herald,
Section
Auckland,
Publish Date
Saturday, 13 January 2018, 2:55PM
A helicopter has just arrived at the rugby club. (Photo / Victoria Logan)
A helicopter has just arrived at the rugby club. (Photo / Victoria Logan)

A bush fire in hills behind Helensville has sent smoke through the town, northwest of Auckland.

The fire is understood to be in pine trees on a farm which runs behind Awaroa Rd.

Numerous fire appliances have been called to the town and have set up a base at the local rugby club.

A helicopter has just arrived at the rugby club.

Nine fire engines and a helicopter are fighting the fire.

Fire and Emergency spokesperson Murray Bannister said they were alerted about 12:40pm to smoke in the McKenzie Hills just outside of the township.

He said the fire is a hectare in size.

Bannister said it's unclear if it has been contained, but at this stage he's hopeful it's not serious.

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