Firefighters are battling bush fires in Northland and Auckland this afternoon.
Four helicopters, three fire trucks and a number of rural firefighters are battling a blaze up to 50 hectares in size in Mitimiti north of the Hokianga Harbour and south of Kaitaia, Northland.
Firefighters were alerted to the scene at 1.45pm and the blaze has grown significantly since then.
"There must be a bit of wind up there," fire Northern Communications station manager Steve Smith said.
He said there had been difficulties in getting updates from firefighters on the ground.
Meanwhile in rural west Auckland, north of Helensville, firefighters are working to douse a scrub fire on Shelley Beach Rd, Rodney district.
A helicopter and one fire truck are at the scene, with staff calling for backup, Smith said.
He said it's too early to say how the fires started or whether they were deliberately lit.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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