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Smoke lingers due to light wind

Last updated 12:01 12/05/2014

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A lack of wind and a large fire have caused smoke to blanket part of rural West Auckland this morning.

The fire was a deliberate burn off of tree cuttings near Old North Rd in Kumeu, and reports from concerned members of the public started rolling in shortly before 8am.

Principal Rural Fire Officer Bryan Cartelle said light winds had prevented the smoke from dispersing naturally despite the fire - covering two strips of 200 metres - being contained.

Fire crews were on site using suppressants, a water tanker and a digger to control the blaze.

"We request that the public stay away from the area if possible; there's poor visibility and people are reporting the effects of the smoke," said Cartelle.

"People sensitive to smoke should stay indoors if they are able to and close their windows and doors".

A fire service spokesman expected the smoke to clear and the fire to be fully extinguished by this afternoon.There have been no reports of damage to property.

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