Fire crews spend night fighting large blaze at Canterbury beach


Photo: ODT files
Photo: ODT files
A large blaze broke out on Tuesday night at a beach north of Christchurch.

Firefighter crews were called out to Waikuku Beach Holiday Park about 11.40pm on Tuesday after receiving reports of a blaze in the bushes near the sand dunes.

Fire and Emergency spokesman Simon Lyford said the blaze covered an area about 100m x 100m. Initially only one appliance was called out, but more were requested.

"We only had one appliance and ended up with six tankers," he said. 

"With fires like this, it's a matter of getting water onto them quickly.

"They had it surrounded and managed to have it doused in a short amount of time."

The fire was put out by about 1.45am on Wednesday.

Police have been notified of the fire.