A stand-by fire crew was expected to stay overnight at the scene of a fire which spread over a hillside of forest slash, young pine and other dried vegetation west of Napier and Hastings.

The fire was reported at 9.56am on Monday on a property off Dartmoor Rd and in the vicinity of Sacred Hill Winery cellar door and vineyard.

Two helicopters, six urban appliances from the Napier-Hastings area, six rural firefighting crews and five tankers were used to fight the fire, which did not threaten any buildings and was under control by early afternoon.

Fire crew are battling a forestry block fire on Dartmoor Rd, Napier. Photo / Supplied
Fire crew are battling a forestry block fire on Dartmoor Rd, Napier. Photo / Supplied

A shift manager said about 1.40pm it was "more or less in mop-up stage", with one of the helicopters stood down and some crews about to leave. Most of the crews were stood down by late afternoon.

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One firefighter said the hillside was steep and the growth dry and embedded, making conditions difficult until knocked back by the use of the helicopters.

There had been fine and calm conditions in the area, after a dry month in the area with rainfall less than 60 per cent of the August average, and rainfall below monthly averages in at least six months of the year to date.

The significant smoke pall created some confusion, with some resources initially being sent in the area of the Napier-Taupo Road.