Fires are blazing on Waiheke Island and in Canterbury's
Selwyn district today, with properties being threatened.
On Waiheke, the 10,000sq metre fire was centred in Ostend and
was burning above properties in Erua Road.
Fire Service northern communications shift manager Jarron
Philips said emergency services were called about 4.20pm.
The fire had spread up along a ridge and was now burning
towards the Stony Ridge Quarry vineyard.
"So our crews are accessing the fire now through the vineyard
and a helicopter is about to join the appliances that are
already on the island.''
The island's four appliances were all battling the blaze, he
Portable pumps could be sent over, but at the moment they
were not needed, Mr Philips said.
"But the helicopter's going to be there any minute and an
aerial attack is what's needed, they've got enough ground
So far no evacuations have been needed, Mr Philips said.
On twitter Joshua Farmer wrote "Crikey. Bit of a serious bush
fire developing on Waiheke Island'', and posted a picture
showing flames not far from properties burning through bush.
Meanwhile, firefighters are also battling a large scrub fire
in Canterbury's Selwyn District.
The fire, which was at least 200m by 200m, was at Weedons
Ross Road and Rifle Range Road, near the Waimakariri River -
the same area of a large blaze fire crews battled last
Southern fire communications shift manager Mau Barbara said
eight water tankers, six appliances and three helicopters
were at the scene.
Emergency services were called about 3.45pm, he said.
Mr Barbara had not heard the blaze was threatening any
properties, but no people had been evacuated from the area.