Forest fire engulfs Anzac battlefield in Gallipoli

Four aircraft were deployed to deal to the fire.
Four aircraft were deployed to deal to the fire. Photo credit: Hurriyet Daily News

Helicopters with monsoon buckets have been battling a major forest fire over the battlefields at Gallipoli where New Zealanders fought in World War I.

The fire, which reportedly broke out as a result of sparks from a welding machine combined with strong winds, started just before 2pm on Friday (11pm NZ time).

Two helicopters, two amphibians and ground fire crews were deployed to the area to deal to the blaze, eventually bringing it under control a few hours after it erupted.

The fire is not believed to have done any meaningful damage to the area.

Gallipoli is a place of huge cultural significance to New Zealand, after an unsuccessful campaign by Allied troops there in 1915 resulted in the deaths of 2779 Kiwis.