Scrub fire west of Auckland
Fire crews have been battling a large scrub fire in Karekare, west of Auckland, since early this afternoon.
Emergency services have been on the scene at Karekare Rd since 1pm where the large-scale fire which has been fueled by high-winds has spread up the hillside.
Helicopters are also dumping sea water over the blaze in an effort to stop it from spreading to nearby homes.
The fire has also caused large rocks to fall to the roadside.
Police have blocked off traffic to Karekare Rd and are urging motorists to avoid the area.