A helicopter was needed to help battle a scrub fire in the Bay of Islands this afternoon.

A Fire Service spokeswoman said the blaze was reported just before 3.30pm.

It was called to the scene near Greys Lane, in Paihia.

Firefighters could not access the site, so a helicopter was brought in to douse the flames.

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The spokeswoman said the scrub fire measured about 20m by 10m.

Firefighters remained at the scene armed with forestry backpacks, to assist the helicopter crew.