Firefighters in the upper North Island have been busy
battling several large scrub fires today.
Northern communications shift manager Jaron Phillips said a
large peat and scrub fire, measuring about 3000 square
metres, in Glenview in the Waipa district had been contained
"It was burning in a paddock and not near anything," he said.
Further north, a slightly smaller scrub fire measuring about
1000 square metres, in Mahurangi had been brought under
control by several water tankers.
Initially, firefighters had feared for a nearby rest home,
however the blaze was contained before it threatened the
property, Mr Phillips said.
In Komata in the Hauraki district, a helicopter was brought
in with a monsoon bucket to help extinguish about 2 acres of
scrub which had caught fire after a power line came down.
The fire had been brought under control and rural fire
officers were monitoring the situation, Mr Phillips said.