19 Feb 2016

Fire burns through North Canterbury forest block

9:52 am on 19 February 2016

A large fire in North Canterbury has engulfed about one square kilometre of forest.

Emergency services were called to the blaze in a forestry block near Pines Beach about 2.30am.

The Fire Service said more than 10 crews tackled the fire and a helicopter with a monsoon bucket was at the scene.

Crews have brought the blaze under control and by mid morning three teams remained at the site, dampening down hotspots.