16 Feb 2024

Firefighters gradually gain control of Port Hills fire

From Midday Report, 12:10 pm on 16 February 2024

Large parts of scorched earth have been seen in Kennedys Bush as Fire fighters gradually gain control of the blaze.

There is still smoke drifting from the hills, but fire and emergency say the 650-hectare blaze is about 70 per cent contained, although completely extinguishing it could take weeks.

Twenty-two trucks and tankers are continuing to work on the ground, while 12 helicopters and two planes are dropping water and retardant on the fire.

The fire destroyed a container home, but there have been no further reports of major property damage.

Reporter Samantha Gee spoke to Charlotte Cook.