A large fire which closed off the road to the Remarkables ski
field has been brought under control.
Gordon Bailey, principal rural fire officer at Queenstown
Lakes District Council, said the blaze originated from a
controlled permitted burn at a farmer's property about 3km up
the Remarkables road at about 3.30pm.
"Rural Fire were called to assist so three helicopters were
put on the fire.
"The ski field road was closed for about half an hour while
we did some work around the road,'' he said.
The fire was now under control and the helicopters had been
Several ground crews were still attending to hot spots, Mr
It was likely that wind may have caused the original
permitted fire to spread.
There were no injuries, he said.