'Blustery' winds spread campfire near Mt Cook Airport

A campfire near Mt Cook Airport, pictured, spread after being fanned by strong winds. (FILE PHOTO)
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A campfire near Mt Cook Airport, pictured, spread after being fanned by strong winds. (FILE PHOTO)

Campers got more than they bargained for when a fire lit near Mt Cook Airport was fanned by "blustery" winds and set nearby vegetation alight.

It has since been extinguished.

A Fire and Emergency New Zealand spokesman said crews were called to the blaze about 6pm on Friday after the campfire spread to nearby tussocks and grass.

"We had the Mt Cook fire unit and tankers from Twizel and Lake Tekapo back them up," he said.

"It took about an hour-and-a-half to extinguish, no damage [was] caused. We believe it started from a campfire and was fanned by strong, blustery winds in the area."

Department of Conservation staff had worked with fire crews in dampening the blaze. The size of the fire was unknown, he said.

The spokesman said there had been no indication the fire risked becoming unmanageable or out of control.

"Our guys didn't indicate that, but they did ask for a second tanker to help the supply of water.

"Anything's out of control if you don't get on top of it."

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