'Out of control' burn-off near Te Anau

The burn-off in the Te Anau district. Photo / Te Anau Volunteer Fire Brigade
The burn-off in the Te Anau district. Photo / Te Anau Volunteer Fire Brigade

Six helicopters are being used to fight a burn-off on farmland that got out of control about 10km from Te Anau in Southland.

Fire and Emergency NZ was alerted to the fire in the Mt Prospect area about 2.30pm on Friday, says spokeswoman Sally Chesterfield.

The fire covers about 300 to 400 hectares but it isn't threatening any buildings.

It started on farmland and has spread to scrub on Department of Conservation land.

The fire is spreading in hot, dry and windy conditions and it's too dangerous to put ground crews in.

''We don't have it under control in any way,'' she said.

Helicopters are just tackling it from the edges and it is still running, she said. 

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