Crews fight Nelson forestry blaze
Firefighters, including two helicopter crews, are battling a large forestry fire near Nelson.
Southern Fire Communications shift manager Brent Dunn said about 400 by 400 metres of forest was "well ablaze" at Cable Bay, about 15 kilometres northeast of Nelson.
A member of the public alerted the Fire Service about 3.45pm.
Two helicopter crews and eight engines were at the scene.
The fire was heading up a hill, making access difficult for firefighters, Dunn said.
There were homes in the area, but there were so far no reports of evacuations.
Smoke would be visible from Nelson, Dunn said.