2 Nov 2015

Firefighters battle blazes in Southland

6:23 pm on 2 November 2015

Firefighters are battling two vegetation fires in Southland that are being fuelled by the wind.

The Fire Service was called to a vegetation fire on Otapiri Road, north of Winton, shortly after 3.30 this afternoon.

A Fire Service spokesman said the fire has since been contained, and crews were working to put out another large vegetation fire nearby.

Six crews were working to put out the second fire, closer to Otautau, and the Rural Fire Service was also on the way, the spokesman said.

It was unclear how the fires started but there were high winds in the area.