Big vegetation fire on Great Barrier Island

The fire on Great Barrier Island. Photo / Mikee Tucker
The fire on Great Barrier Island. Photo / Mikee Tucker

Firefighters have extinguished a large vegetation fire on Great Barrier Island overnight.

Northern communications shift manager Steve Smith said firefighters were called to the fire on the side of the hill on Palmers Beach about 7.45pm last night.

Mr Smith said the fire had consumed about 5000 square metres of vegetation.

About 30 firefighters and a helicopter have extinguished the blaze, with firefighters now dampening down hotspots.

A witness, Mikee Tucker, said the fire started about 7.30pm at Kaitoke Creek and was extinguished about 11pm. He understood it had been caused by a small camp cooker.

- nzherald.co.nz

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