Rain not helping Waiheke firefighters

  • 01/01/2016
Rain not helping Waiheke firefighters

Fire crews from Auckland and helicopters have been sent to Waiheke Island to fight a large scrub fire.

The fire, covering 12 hectares, took hold at the southern end of the island at about 1:30am, and crews have been working through the night to contain it.

A Fire Service spokesman said although the fire was near some buildings, at this stage it did not present a risk.

Though some people chose to leave their homes, out of fear the fire would jump Orapiu road.

While rain is forecast for New Year's Day, it could be more of a hindrance than a help, as it made it difficult for helicopters to fight the blaze, he said.

Deputy Principal Rural fire Officer Brandon Guttery says the wind isn't helping either.

"It's always a risk and we have two helicopters over there at the moment to help manage that risk, but any time there's strong winds around fire there are strong concerns from us."