Fire contained after threatening Queenstown homes

Firefighters quickly contained a fire in Queenstown this evening. Photo: NZ Police
Firefighters quickly contained a fire in Queenstown this evening. Photo: NZ Police
Three fire appliances backed by a helicopter with a monsoon bucket have swiftly extinguished a lakeside fire which was burning near homes in the Queenstown suburb of Kelvin Heights this evening.

"The whole philosophy these days is to hit it fast once we get to the fire,'' Fire and Emergency New Zealand shift manager Daryl Ball said.

When firefighters were alerted to the scrub fire at 5.22pm, they were warned the blaze was "threatening houses'', but that immediate threat was quickly dealt with, Mr Ball said.

Fire appliances from Queenstown, Frankton and Arrowtown attended and the helicopter again showed its value in dealing with such fires.

A thermal imaging camera had also been used to locate hotspots during the firefighting, he said.

Firefighters used Mincher Rd to gain access to the fire, he said.

A media report suggested that conditions in the area had been windy and this had caused some challenges, and firefighters remained at the scene for more than 90 minutes.

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