28 Dec 2016

Fire crews return to Dunedin scrub fire site

6:37 am on 28 December 2016

Fire crews will this morning return to the site of a large Dunedin scrub fire, bringing diggers with them.

Ground crews and up to six helicopters battled the blaze on Signal Hill for much of yesterday afternoon and evening.

The fire on Signal Hill in Dunedin started behind the Logan Park High School.

The blaze sparked the evacuation of four nearby homes. Photo: RNZ / Lydia Anderson

The fire threatened the nearby suburb of Ravensbourne, and four homes were evacuated as a precaution.

A small number of rural fire crews have remained on the scene overnight to keep an eye on the hot spots and patrol the area.

The police closed the Signal Hill lookout for the night, as well as some roads near the fire scene including much of Butts Road and Logan Park Drive.

They will reassess the road closures this morning.