20 Oct 2013

Firefighters battling North Island blazes

8:09 pm on 20 October 2013

Firefighters in the top half of the North Island have been battling a series of fires throughout the day.

The first started at 1.45pm on Sunday at Mitimiti, south of Kaitaia, where three helicopters and three fire engines have been working to put out a blaze.

The fire service says the fire has covered 50 hectares so far.

A second blaze began in scrub at Paengaroa in the Western Bay of Plenty about 2.20pm and firefighters have been trying to contain it.

Shortly before 4pm, a fire started on Shelley Beach Road in Rodney in Auckland and a helicopter has been helping efforts to keep it under control.