Fire crews respond to growing scrub fire on Naenae Hills in Lower Hutt – video

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Fire and Emergency NZ crews responded to a significant scrub fire that emerged above Waddington Drive on the Naenae Hills in Lower Hutt, Wellington.

Reports about the fire were received shortly after 4pm. It grew and spread further as dark plumes of smoke covered the sky.

People were asked to avoid the area where possible until further notice.

Source: CC/ Josh Galuszka

A snapshot from a video taken by Josh Galuszka shows smoke and flames overhead the hillside on Wilkie Crescent. 

“The flames and smoke were getting higher and higher,” he said. 

At this early stage, no buildings have been affected by the fire.

Source: CC/ SUPPLIED

An eyewitness who wished not to be named took a photo of large flames and said they were “quite big” at the start.

“We sprung into action and packed a bag in case we had to leave,” they'd said.

“Scary thing to see on a Friday afternoon, very glad it seems under control now.”

Source: CC/ Adam Weir

One image was sent to thisquality shortly after 5pm of a helicopter circling above. Two helicopters were in attendance to help fire crews as they lacked access to the hillside.

Emergency crews had considered evacuating residents in the surrounding area to help helicopters with their flight paths on the scene. They used Naenae Park for landing and taking off.

Image/Video: SUPPLIED/Nick Malcolm

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