Firefighters have brought several bushfires under control in the North Island’s east, including near Hastings, after six homes were evacuated overnight.
Firefighters fought for hours to bring a blaze in the rural community of Fernhill, Hawke’s Bay, under control.
No injuries were reported and no properties were lost, Fire and Emergency New Zealand told 1 NEWS. But a small number of power lines are down.
At its height, the flames have ripped through vegetation on both sides of Korokipo Road, at the size of about 300 by 300 metres each.
The smell of smoke was reported 25 kilometres away in Poukawa.
A few fire crews are still at the scene to dampen down any smouldering flames, the fire service said.
A fire investigator is expected to head to the scene this morning.