Firefighters say Upper Hutt vegetation blaze 'under control'

Source: 1News

A large vegetation fire in the Upper Hutt suburb of Trentham has been brought under control, though not extinguished, as some residents are being asked to conserve water.

In an updated statement on Saturday evening, Fire and Emergency NZ (FENZ) has asked residents of Silverstream to conserve water as firefighters draw supply from local reservoirs.

It added that some crews would remain on the scene overnight and that there was "still a lot of smoke around."

"Helicopters will continue operations at the fire until 8.30pm tonight. Ground crews will remain on scene, but we are planning to scale crew numbers back around 9.30pm. Some ground crews will remain on scene to monitor overnight."

FENZ says residents affected by the smoke, especially those downwind of the fire, should keep windows and doors closed.

Multiple crews have limited the size of the fire to only around two hectares in size. A third helicopter was also en route to help dampen down the fire.

Firefighters were called to the scene on Saturday afternoon and worked to protect nearby properties on Evergreen Crescent. Two helicopters had also been called in to support firefighting efforts.

"As a precaution, around ten nearby properties have been asked to prepare to evacuate if required," FENZ said in a statement around 4pm.

According to RNZ, locals made offers for those evacuating to take shelter in their houses with pets if needed.

Fire crews had asked members of the public to stay away in order to allow them to do their jobs.