9 Jan 2010

Fire in hills above Wellington contained

4:58 pm on 9 January 2010

Firefighters have contained a large blaze that raged in the hills above Wellington city on Saturday afternoon.

The fire, on Mt Victoria, started at around 1pm near the old chest hospital and was visible from many parts of the capital. It burned about two hectares of vegetation.

Fire officer Brent Pritchard says it took 24 firefighters about 40 minutes to contain the blaze, the cause of which was unknown.

Meanwhile, firefighters in Porirua, north of Wellington, have extinguished a scrub fire in a suburban park.

The Fire Service says it was called to the blaze, in Ascot Park, at about 1.30pm on Saturday. Two appliances were able to bring the fire under control in about an hour.