13 Feb 2020

Six helicopters brought in to assess Rarangi fire

7:46 am on 13 February 2020

A large scrubfire in Marlborough has been contained.

Helicopter putting out Wadestown fire with monsoon buckets

(File photo) Photo: RNZ/ Colin Peacock

Fire crews were called to the scene on Port Underwood Road in the settlement of Rarangi, north of Blenheim, just before midnight.

The fire covered 17.5 hectares on winding hillside and difficult terrain.

Before 7.30am the fire had been brought under control, FENZ said.

Fire and Emergency said a helicopter was making assessments before five others arrive to help.

It says thermal imaging will also begin shortly to see what is happening through the steep ground.