Large scrub fire breaks out at cemetery in Auckland

Firefighters are currently battling a fire at New Zealand's largest cemetery in Auckland this afternoon.

A Fire and Emergency spokesperson told 1 NEWS more than 30 firefighters are currently tackling the blaze.

Footage of a large scrub fire, which appears to have spread to the trees in the Waikumete Cemetery on West Coast Rd, Glen Eden, was posted to the RNZ Twitter feed just before 1pm.

The fire’s stretched to an area of 200 metres by 100 metres and has been contained, but is not yet extinguished.

The spokesperson says rail has been stopped and power on the overhead lines has been switched off at their request.

The cemetery borders the Auckland western rail line, although there are no trains running today according to Auckland Transports holiday schedule.

The cemetery is the largest in New Zealand covering an area of 108 hectares. It has served as Auckland's main cemetery since 1908.

A spokesperson for the Auckland Council says the fire isn't threatening any properties at this stage and although the cemetery hasn't been evacuated, people are being asked to stay away while the fire is brought under control.

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