Fire service crews on Auckland's North Shore have been kept busy tonight, taking on two separate house fires.

Three crews were at a blaze in Beach Haven which ignited shortly before 8pm but was quickly contained, a Fire and Emergency New Zealand spokesman said.

A couple of hours later three fire crews were sent to Totara Vale, near Wairau Valley to put out another house fire shortly after 10pm.

Smoke rising from the fire had a red tinge at the bottom before quickly transitioning into thick black smoke as the wind pushed it away from the property.

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The Fenz spokesman said the blaze at Totara Vale was quickly contained.

Fire crews attend two separate fires on the North Shore tonight. Photo / Stevie Walsh
Fire crews attend two separate fires on the North Shore tonight. Photo / Stevie Walsh