A scrub fire broke out in the Auckland suburb of Parnell sending smoke billowing into the sky.
Emergency services received reports of the blaze on Gladstone Rd in Parnell, on the hill near the Fred Amber lookout shortly before 6pm.
The Herald received reports of the smoke being seen as far away as the western suburb of New Lynn.
By 645pm the blaze seemed mostly extinguished as fire crews worked at the top and bottom of the hill, though a thick smell of smoke still languished in the air.
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Fire and emergency services area commander Gavin Travers said they received multiple calls of the blaze at about 550pm.
Five fire engines battled the blaze and the train tracks at the foot of the hill were closed.
One or two fire appliances would remain there overnight to ensure the blaze was
Because of the toi toi on the hill it would take some time to make sure the fire was out, he said.
"It's effectively out we're just putting hotspots out now," Travers said.
Travers said it wasn't yet known how the fire was started.