Scrub fires blaze in upper North Island

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 this afternoon.

"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.


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