Firefighters on Chatham Island are battling to keep a 3000ha fire away from a conservation reserve.
Images taken from a Royal New Zealand C-130 of a bush fire on the Chatham Islands. The images were taken in order to inform New Zealand Fire And Emergency of what will be required to fight the blaze. Photo: Supplied / New Zealand Defence Force
He said the wind conditions would be helpful today, with the northerly blowing the fire back on itself.
"The fire started sort of five or six kilometres off the road south of the Waitangi-Owenga road, and it's burnt through to the coast.
"Later on tomorrow the wind's going to shift off to the west so efforts today with the helicopter will be dampening down the front on the east side to keep it out of the Department of Conservation (DOC) scenic reserve we've got there."