A drone being flown near a vegetation fire in the hills above Naenae has forced Fire and Emergency to suspend their aerial firefighting operations.
Fire and emergency were called to the fire in Naenae near Wilkie Crescent just after 4pm.
Eleven crews are involved and helicopters were being use to fight the blaze.
However, incident Controller Jason Hill said the firefighting efforts have been interrupted by someone flying a drone above the area.
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He's now pleading with people who have drones to avoid the area.
"We have had to suspend the aerial attack while the drone is in the air to ensure the safety of our pilots and crews."
Hill said ground crews are still working on the fire but there is a limited amount of daylight left for safe helicopter operations tonight.
No homes are currently under threat.