10 homes evacuated as crews battle fire on Auckland's North Shore

Author
Miriam Burrell, NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Mon, 1 Mar 2021, 3:36PM
Emergency services respond to a 4ha vegetation fire in Greenhithe. (Photo / Dean Purcell)
Emergency services respond to a 4ha vegetation fire in Greenhithe. (Photo / Dean Purcell)

10 homes evacuated as crews battle fire on Auckland's North Shore

Author
Miriam Burrell, NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Mon, 1 Mar 2021, 3:36PM

Ten homes in West Auckland have been evacuated as firefighters battle to control a 4ha blaze burning through vegetation.

Eight Fire and Emergency crews were called to Upper Harbour Drive in Greenhithe at 12.15pm as the major fire covered paddocks and bush in Greenhithe.

A helicopter is at the scene to assist with controlling the blaze and Upper Harbour Drive has been closed by emergency services.

Residents in the area reported heavy smoke carrying from the fire, and people in Bayview reported seeing the smoke from across the inlet.

A Fire and Emergency spokesperson told the Herald it was unclear how many houses had been affected. There are no reports of injuries.

Resident Marie Mitchell said she could see flames leaping around 20m in the air, from her home on Kyle Rd in Upper Harbour.

She said there was a lot of dry native bush in the area.

Mitchell told the Herald her friends as far as Hobsonville Point could smell smoke.

"There is a lot of bush around that area, which is why they will be worried and why a helicopter is out checking the perimeter, and there are loads of sirens."

"There are houses on large sections with trees so it could spread easily ... the smoke is abating now but it was crazy for a while.

"I would hate it for it to come over the hill because there is so much dry native trees and pine in the area, so it could just take off."

- More to come

Fire and Emergency responds to a large vegetation fire in Greenhithe. Photo / Dean Purcell. Fire and Emergency responds to a large vegetation fire in Greenhithe. Photo / Dean Purcell.