Twenty-one fire engines, 70 firefighters and three helicopters worked to contain a fierce bush fire in West Auckland today.

A bush fire covering 9.5 hectares of bush on Cornwallis Rd, near Huia, has been contained, a Fire Service spokesman said.

Helicopters have now been stood down, but fire crews will remain at the scene on overnight standby.

The fire service moved crew in a bid to stop the flames from spreading on to a threatened property.

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Emergency services were alerted to the fire at 3.20pm.

Witnesses said the fire was in bush at the Kakamatua Inlet, between Cornwallis and Huia.
A resident, whose house is on a hill near the fire, wrote on Facebook that a helicopter had attached a monsoon bucket on her lawn.

The woman said she was not at home, but her house had been fire-protected.

"They have gelled our house and lawn and everything and [are] squirting water from our lawn. We are all away but have other family members there helping," she wrote.

ROTORUA DAILY POST
12 Dec, 2014 12:24pm
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