Fire crews are battling a blaze in a forestry block near Picton Airport this afternoon. The fire that spread across 10 hectares has almost been contained.
The blaze was reported at 1.20pm and currently involves a 100x30 metre block of pine trees.
Three fire engines, three water tankers and multiple ground crews were in attendance.
Four choppers filling monsoon buckets at a nearby dairy farm had almost managed to contain the blaze.
A spokesperson for the Fire Communications Centre said the fire was on a hill and wind gusts of up to 50km/h and tinder dry conditions had made their job harder.
"It does create an issue as fire can travel quicker up a hill area. I can't confirm that's the situation on this occasion but it is on a hilly area and not on the flat."
As with Tasman, where 20 residents were evacuated due to a flare up just yesterday, the Marlborough District was very dry, she said.
Flights in and out of nearby Picton Airport had not been affected.