21 Dec 2015

Firefighters battle large bushfire north of Auckland

9:01 pm on 21 December 2015

The Fire Service says a large bushfire in Auckland's Rodney district is about 90 percent contained.

Thirteen fire crews, four helicopters and three bulldozers have been used to fight 10 hectares of burning pine and pampas grass just south of Stillwater since mid-afternoon.

Deputy rural principal fire officer Brandon Guttery said helicopters were continuing to drop water on the fire, while crews were working to finish cutting a containment line around it.

"At this stage, we're still setting up our plans. We will have somebody here overnight and we will reassess in the morning."

Mr Guttery said it was unclear how the fire started.