Emergency services are responding to a large scrub fire in Christchurch's Redcliffs.
Fire services were flooded with multiple calls reporting the blaze on Balmoral Hill, near Glentrae Rd, at about 1.40pm on Monday.
Fire and Emergency NZ said the blaze is stretching 50m x 100m and a number of homes are under threat.
A helicopter was in attendance at the fire. Photo / George Heard
A helicopter is en-route from Christchurch Airport.
NZME reporter George Heard said the fire is getting very close to homes.
He said it is burning into a lot of scrub and pine trees and fire crews are protecting multiple houses the fire is moving towards.
Heard said a firefighter has scrambled up scaffolding to save a new home from going up in flames.
At 2pm temperatures were sitting near 27C in the garden city.
Christchurch City councillor Aaron Keown said he can see heavy smoke coming up over Mt Pleasant and into Heathcote.