19 Jan 2017

Crews battle scrub fire near Ngaruawahia

9:24 am on 19 January 2017

Fire crews are keeping a close eye on the site of a large blaze that broke out across the river from the Waikato town of Ngaruawahia.

A firefighter on scene at an incident. 6 July 2016.

Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

Crews were called to the blaze just before 5pm, and 14 appliances and three helicopters rushed to the scene to contain the flames.

The fire broke out in grass and scrub land and was estimated to be cover around 600m by 300m of land.

Helicopters battling the blaze have this evening been stood down.

Northern Fire Communications shift manager Colin Underdown said the role of fire crews at this stage was to stand by and keep a watch on the scene overnight.

He said there were indications the fire had been brought under control but it had not been officially confirmed.