11 Feb 2017

Large forest fire north of Taupō contained

10:07 pm on 11 February 2017

Fire crews at a large forest fire north-west of Taupō are standing down for the night.

Around 40 fire fighters and two helicopters battled the blaze in the Pureora Forest Park late this afternoon.

A Fire Service shift manager, Paul Radden, said the fire had burnt through up to 10 hectares but had now been contained.

He said a dozen Department of Conservation rural fire fighters would remain on the scene monitoring the fire overnight.

Mr Radden said the fire was around pine plantation as well as native forest.

Fire fighters will resume first thing tomorrow morning.